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Yimou Zhang
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Date of Birth: Nov 14, 1951

Country: China

Biography: Zhang Yimou is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted amongst the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 with Red Sorghum. Zhang has won numerous awards and recognitions, with Best Foreign Film nominations for Ju Dou in 1990 and Raise the Red Lantern in 1991, Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival...(wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 27 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (21) | Writer (5) | Actor (5)
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Shadow (2018)
The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it.
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The Great Wall (2016)
A mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China. (imdb)
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Coming Home (2014)
Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
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The Flowers of War (2011)
A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's raid of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (imdb)
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Under the Hawthorn Tree (2010)
Romance sparks between a young woman and a young man from different economic backgrounds during China's Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and '70s. (imdb)
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A Simple Noodle Story (2009)
The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry.
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. (imdb)
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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star. (imdb)
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House of Flying Daggers (2004)
The year is 859 AD, and China's once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging throughout the land, and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies that are forming in protest. The largest and most prestigious of these rebel groups is the House of Flying Daggers, which is growing ever more powerful under a mysterious new leader. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Hero (2002)
The time: two thousand years ago. The place: the violent dawn of the Qin dynasty. The story: the soon-to-be First Emperor of China is on the brink of conquering a war-torn land. Three opponents are determined to assassinate him and one loyal subject stands in their way. (Miramax)
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Cause: The Birth of Hero (2002)
The movie follows director Zhang Yimou as he is preparing to make the movie Hero. (imdb)
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The Turandot Project (2000)
In May of 1997, Zubin Mehta conducts and Zhang Yimou directs Puccini's "Turnadot" in Florence. A year later, they stage nine performances in Beijing. This documentary focuses on the China production: a huge and elaborate set, hundreds of extras, three sets of principles, props and costumes matching the Ming Dynasty. Mehta, with his Indian roots and European training, revels in bringing disparate cultures together.
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Happy Times (2000)
A bittersweet comedy about a poor, aging bachelor who hasn't had luck in love. When he thinks he meets the woman of his dreams, he leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his means. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Not One Less (1999)
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each day and promises her an extra 10 yuan if there's not one less student when he returns. Within days, poverty forces the class troublemaker, Zhang Huike, to leave for the city to work. Minzhi, possessed of a stubborn streak, determines to bring him back... (imdb)
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The Road Home (1999)
The story of a Chinese man who works in the city, far from the village where he was born. When his father dies he comes home for the funeral and spends three days with his mother, thinking back to the period in which his parents met and fell in love. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Keep Cool (1997)
China, the 1990s. A young bookseller is in love with a woman. The woman is now with another guy, a rich man. The rich man sends his people to beat the bookseller. In the fight, the laptop computer from a man looking at the scene gets broken. Who will pay for the computer? The bookseller wants revenge. Will it be useful? The bookseller and the laptop owner are from different ages and classes. They are two different points of view, two different Chinas. How will they fight for justice? (imdb)
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Lumière et compagnie (1995)
40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and (3) no more than three takes. The results run the gamut from Zhang Yimou's convention-thwarting joke to David Lynch's bizarre miniature epic. (imdb)
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Shanghai Triad (1995)
Uncle Liu brings his cousin to Shanghai to work for 'Boss,' the leader of a powerful drug empire in the 1930's. Shuisheng, a simple country boy is awed and overwhelmed by the opulence and immense wealth he is suddenly surrounded by. He is to be the attendant of Xiao Jingbao, the new mistress of 'Boss'... (imdb)
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Hua hun (1994)
Based on the true story of a Chinese painter, Pan Yuliang (Gong Li), whose work was celebrated in Paris yet rejected at home. At fifteen years old, she was sold into prostitution. Her life changes when she marries a high official. Through her husband, she finds expression in western painting, and furthers her studies in Paris. Although highly respected in Paris, it wasn't until after her death that she received the acceptance at home she so desperately sought.
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To Live (1994)
Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry... (imdb)
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Qiu Ju da guan si (1992)
A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice... (imdb)
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Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
China in the 1920's. After her fathers death, nineteen year old Songlian is forced to marry Chen Zuoqian... (imdb)
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Ju Dou (1990)
A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. (imdb)
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A Terracotta Warrior (1990)
China 3000 years ago. It's the time of the Qin dynasty. The emperor seeks immortality by busily letting his alchemists search for a formula and building the famous terracotta army from the bodies of outlaws and the condemned (imdb)
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Codename Cougar (1989)
The film follows a commercial airliner on a routine flight between Taipei and Seoul that is hijacked and taken to mainland China by the fictional Taiwan Revolutionary Army Front. Communist authorities cannot seize the plane because of the presence of an important business figure on the flight, and agree to cooperate discreetly with Taiwanese authorities to defuse an already tense situation. (themoviedb)
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Red Sorghum (1987)
An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu'er (imdb)
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The Old Well (1986)
A married village worker teams up with an old girlfriend to try to dig a well for his water-starved village. The well collapses and they are trapped. Their enforced confinement leads to them exploring their feelings for each other and those around them. (David Kinne)
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