Zhang Yimou

1950 - Today

Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou ([ʈʂáŋ î.mǒu]; born 14 November 1951) is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is part of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 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, Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1993, he was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhang Yimou has received more than 1,241,069 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 130th most popular film director.

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Among film directors, Zhang Yimou ranks 131 out of 1,305Before him are István Szabó, Jacques Rivette, Peter Jackson, Victor Sjöström, Walter Hill, and René Clément. After him are Volker Schlöndorff, John Woo, Claude Lelouch, Christopher Nolan, Ettore Scola, and Jean Vigo.

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Among people born in 1950, Zhang Yimou ranks 22Before him are Bill Murray, Peter Gabriel, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Ron Perlman, Richard Dean Anderson, and Sergey Lavrov. After him are Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Suzi Quatro, William Hurt, Néstor Kirchner, Joe Hisaishi, and Ueli Maurer.

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In China

Among people born in China, Zhang Yimou ranks 224 out of 921Before him are Emperor Yuan of Han (-75), 6th Dalai Lama (1683), Emperor Taizu of Jin (1068), Dian Wei (150), Cao Xueqin (1724), and Wang Xizhi (303). After him are Liu Bian (176), John Woo (1946), Kang Youwei (1858), Emperor Zhenzong (968), Abaoji (872), and Kanishka (78).


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), Lo Wei (1918), Chen Kaige (1952), Edward Yang (1947), Ann Hui (1947), James Wong Howe (1899), Jia Zhangke (1970), and Tian Zhuangzhuang (1952).

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