“The visual spectacle. I’ve tried using realism in movies before, in the cinematography. But I am most in love with the Chinese style of visual presentation. If in 20 years, after I’ve made a lot more movies, they write one sentence about me in a textbook, I’d be satisfied if they said: ‘Zhang Yimou’s style is strong visual presentation in a distinctly Chinese fashion.'”
—Zhang Yimou, from his TIME magazine interview
on what he wants people to most remember about his films.
Zhang Yimou, born November 14, 1951, could be China’s most celebrated director. His films Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qui Ju, To Live, Not One Less, and Hero have been recognized and won awards in many international film festivals such as the Venice International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the American Academy Awards.
Recently, he’s been tapped by the Chinese government to direct both the open and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
“Mainstream films have occupied Hollywood but you can get bored very easily. It can be very repetitive and I think now we want something fresh and something inspiring and different, daring.
The mainstream film is very expensive to make and it scares people. It’s made for the worldwide audience, you have to please so many people, and the business men start running the movies rather than artists. This is back to the oldest way of Hollywood filmmaking, creating a fantasy, but it has been lost. It seems to take a foreign language film to recoup that ultimate movie viewing experience.”
—ANG LEE regarding his Academy award winning film,
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee is an Academy Award-winning film director from Taiwan, well-known and critically acclaimed for his films The Wedding Banquet, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and most recently Lust, Caution.
He is only one of two directors ever to received the prestigious Golden Lion award for best film in the Venice International Film Festival twice.
“Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.”
–STANLEY KUBRICK (1928-1999), unsourced.
Kubrick is an American film director whose many great classic films, such as Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange, has inspired and educated many generations of filmmakers.