Zhang Yimou to Plan Communist China Birthday Party

Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou is set to coordinate the celebrations for China’s 60th anniversary. Aside for his films (To Live, Raise the Red Lantern, and Hero, among others), Zhang is probably best known for his work in directing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 ceremonies. From Reuters:

The Oscar-nominated 57-year-old would team up with one of his Olympic deputies, a director from the country’s “elite army arts troupe”, for the Oct. 1 celebrations, which will include a massive military parade through the heart of Beijing, the China Daily said on Friday.

Zhang, once the bad-boy of Chinese cinema whose movies were sometimes banned at home while popular overseas, has since become a darling of the Communist Party, despite long being a subject of tabloid gossip for alleged trysts with his actresses.

[…]The gala celebrations will mark six decades since Mao Zedong declared that China had “stood up”, after the Communists’ Red Army defeated the United States-backed Kuomintang Nationalist Party forces in the 1945-1949 Chinese civil war.

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