China’s Olympic Ceremony Features Sacrifices

Gillian Wong reports in AP:

Martial student Cheng Jianghua only saw the army barracks he stayed in and the stadium where he performed at the spectacular opening ceremony. But his sacrifices were minor — other performers were injured, fainted from heatstroke or forced to wear adult diapers so the show could go on.

Filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the ceremony’s director, insisted in an interview with local that suffering and sacrifice were required to pull off the Aug. 8 opening, which involved wrangling nearly 15,000 cast and crew. Only North could have done better, he said.

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