|(Xi’an, Shaanxi, CHN)|
Zhang Yimou, born 2 April 1950) 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 Best Foreign Film nominations 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.
Zhang directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, which received considerable international acclaim.