Zhang Yimou

China’s big attempt to break into the international blockbuster market is safe and sturdy – qualities better suited to a wall than an epic.
China’s most expensive film production ever was also, briefly, one of its most controversial: when Matt Damon was announced in the lead role, many assumed fantasy epic The Great Wall would be yet another case of Hollywood “whitewashing”.
The sense of reality Zhang Yimou is able to bring to the film is extraordinary.
13 year-old old Wei Minzhi, who's attracted to the role of substitute teacher at an isolated school by the promise of 50 yuan on the return of the real teacher Mr. Gao, as long as she doesn't lose a single pupil. The most mischievous of her class...
An epic film of dazzling colour and meticulously choreographed action.
Hero is an epic film of dazzling colour and meticulously choreographed action. The locations, cinematography, music and sound are amazing. But this is not just a cinematic spectacle of vast battle scenes and clever production design – it's a...