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      Yimou Zhang

      Yimou Zhang

      Highest Rated: 100% Ju Dou (1990)

      Lowest Rated: 34% A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)

      Birthday: Nov 14, 1951

      Birthplace: Xi'an, China

      One of the most acclaimed Chinese filmmakers of the late 20th century, award-winning director Zhang Yimou produced a series of intensely moving period dramas about the political and emotional inequalities suffered by women in Chinese history, including "Ju Do" (1990), "Raise the Red Lantern" (1992) and "To Live" (1994) before scoring international hits with the martial arts thrillers "Hero" (2002) and "House of Flying Daggers" (2004). Part of China's acclaimed "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers, whose work flew in the face of government control over how movies were made, Zhang emerged as the most successful of the group, thanks to his early dramas which all featured the sensuous actress Gong Li as their long-suffering but resolute heroines. After a brief fallow period in the late 1990s, Zhang emerged again with "Hero," a lavishly expensive historical epic with martial arts star Jet Li in its lead. Its phenomenal success allowed Zhang to move between major efforts like "House of Flying Daggers" and "Curse of the Golden Flower" (2006) and smaller fare like "A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop" (2009), a screwball adaptation of "Blood Simple" (1984). "The Flowers of War" (2011) marked his return to grand scale filmmaking, as well as his commitment to telling honest stories about the lives of people under oppression, both from their circumstances and from within their hearts.

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      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Full River Red Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snipers Director - 2022
      81% 78% Cliff Walkers Director - 2021
      100% No Score Yet One Second Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2020
      94% 80% Shadow Director,
      Screenwriter
      $521.4K 2018
      35% 42% The Great Wall Director $45.1M 2016
      No Score Yet 74% Suddenly Seventeen Producer - 2016
      89% 85% Coming Home Director $377.4K 2014
      42% 74% The Flowers of War Director $308.2K 2011
      No Score Yet 76% Under the Hawthorn Tree Director - 2010
      34% 40% A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop Director $190.7K 2009
      65% 65% Curse of the Golden Flower Director,
      Writer
      $6.6M 2006
      80% 81% Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Director $251.6K 2005
      87% 82% House of Flying Daggers Director,
      Producer
      $11.0M 2004
      94% 87% Hero Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $53.6M 2002
      72% 78% Happy Times Director $239.1K 2001
      77% 79% The Turandot Project Unknown (Character) - 2000
      89% 90% The Road Home Director $1.3M 1999
      96% 90% Not One Less Director $589.1K 1999
      No Score Yet 55% You hua hao hao shuo (Keep Cool) Director - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragon Town Story Executive Producer,
      Producer
      - 1997
      90% 71% Shanghai Triad Director $2.1M 1995
      87% 96% To Live Director $2.2M 1994
      87% 85% The Story of Qiu Ju Director $25.8K 1992
      97% 94% Raise the Red Lantern Director $22.6K 1991
      100% 88% Ju Dou Director $10.3K 1990
      No Score Yet 60% A Terracotta Warrior Tian Fong (Character) - 1989
      85% 83% Red Sorghum Director - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Old Well Shun (Character),
      Cinematographer
      - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Well Wangquan Shun (Character) - 1986
      100% 77% Yellow Earth Cinematographer - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One and Eight Cinematographer - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wisdom Tooth Producer - 0000