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Zhang Yimou

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Zhang Yimou ([ʈʂáŋ î.mǒʊ]; born 2 April 1950) is a Chinese film director, producer, writer, actor and former cinematographer. He is a part of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, Honorary Doctorate of Boston University and Yale University, and Distinguished Professor of Beijing Film Academy. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with Red Sorghum.Zhang has won numerous awards and recognitions, with three Academy Awards nominations for Best Foreign Language Film for Ju Dou in 1990, Raise the Red Lantern in 1991, and Hero in 2003; a Silver Lion, two Golden Lion prizes and the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; the Golden Bear, the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhang Yimou has received more than 1,916,553 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Zhang Yimou is the 85th most popular film director (up from 124th in 2019), the 145th most popular biography from China (up from 206th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Film Director.

Zhang Yimou is a Chinese film director, producer, and writer. He is best known for directing the films Raise the Red Lantern, To Live, and Hero.

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Among film directors, Zhang Yimou ranks 85 out of 1,581Before him are Dario Argento, Alan Parker, David Lean, Sergei Parajanov, Carl Theodor Dreyer, and Alain Resnais. After him are Carlos Saura, Satyajit Ray, René Clair, Christopher Nolan, Fred Zinnemann, and Andrzej Żuławski.

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Among people born in 1950, Zhang Yimou ranks 16Before him are Stevie Wonder, Vicente del Bosque, Anne, Princess Royal, Goran Bregović, Richard Branson, and Robbie Coltrane. After him are Gilles Villeneuve, Ed Harris, Jim Mattis, Ron Perlman, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Joe Hisaishi.

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Among people born in China, Zhang Yimou ranks 145 out of 1,392Before him are Songtsen Gampo (604), Emperor Hui of Han (-210), King Wen of Zhou (-1112), Bai Qi (-250), Li Keqiang (1955), and Luo Guanzhong (1330). After him are Zhengde Emperor (1491), Wang Wei (699), Faxian (340), Mo Yan (1955), Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), and Wen Jiabao (1942).


Among film directors born in China, Zhang Yimou ranks 1After him are John Woo (1946), Wong Kar-wai (1958), Terence Young (1915), Yuen Woo-ping (1945), Chen Kaige (1952), Lo Wei (1918), Edward Yang (1947), King Hu (1932), Ann Hui (1947), Chang Cheh (1923), and Chloé Zhao (1982).