Zhang Yimou

One-Child Policy and Class Divide

Film director Zhang Yimou was accused earlier this month of violating China’s one-child policy, reportedly fathering as many as seven children with four different women. In a New York Times op-ed, author Ma Jian explains...

Allegations Against Zhang Yimou Spark Controversy

A public debate has emerged in recent years over the one-child policy, as high-profile cases of forced abortions and other abuses have led to public protests. Author Ma Jian recently wrote about the draconian enforcement tactics...

Zhang Yimou’s China Rail Video Sparks Outcry

Filmmaker Zhang Yimou in recent years has moved away from making art house films to producing large-scale government-backed projects, including the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony. One such project has been under scrutiny lately...

Chinese Novel A Hit, But Who Wrote It?

Foreign publishers have rushed to buy the rights to a blog-turned-novel by an anonymous Chinese author living in America, some before even reading a translation. From The Guardian: Under the Hawthorn Tree, a tragic love story...

A Filmmaker Walks a Line

The New York Times profiles Zhang Yimou, whose recent work, including the just-released Flowers of War, has earned him criticism for sticking too close to the party line: In the first part of his career, Mr. Zhang made beautiful...

“Flowers of War”: The Reviews Are In

Hollywood star Christian Bale stars in the new Zhang Yimou movie “Flowers of War” about the Rape of Nanking during World War II, which many have seen as Zhang’s effort to secure China’s first Oscar. After...

Bale “Should Be Embarrassed” By Chen Guangcheng Visit

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters that Christian Bale, not China, should be embarrassed by his confrontation with guards outside the Shandong village of Dongshigu last week. Bale was attempting to visit legal...

Batman Star’s Visit to Chen Guangcheng Blocked

‘Batman’ star Christian Bale was involved in a scuffle and ensuing car chase during an unsuccessful attempt to visit detained activist Chen Guangcheng on Thursday. The incident was captured by the CNN crew which...

Film Director Battles For Soul Of Chinese Cinema

NPR profiles Zhang Yimou and his new film, a remake of the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple: Zhang Yimou has undergone a dramatic transformation, from art-house auteur of the early 1990s to the man who orchestrated the...

Director Zhang Yimou Gets Achievement Award

From the CBC: The Asian Film Awards will hand Chinese director Zhang Yimou a lifetime achievement prize at its annual gala in March. “Zhang is one of the most distinguished figures in the Chinese filming industry — a true...

Zhang Yimou Starts Shooting Coen Brothers Remake

From AP: Zhang Yimou has started shooting a remake of the Coen brothers’ debut “Blood Simple,” the Chinese director’s first film since designing the opening and closing ceremonies of last year’s...

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...



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