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Zhang Yimou

Zhang at the 15th Busan International Film Festival
Background information
Chinese name 张艺谋 (simplified)
Born (1950-04-02) 2 April 1950 (age 66)
Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
Occupation Film director, producer, cinematographer and actor
Spouse(s) Xiao Hua (肖华) (m. 1978–88)
Chen Ting (陈婷) (m. 2011)

Wuxia is a fantasy world exists in everyone's mind.
This is my first wuxia movie and I must consider this before trying to make something with my own.
Zhang Yimou
I am a fan of wuxia.
Ang Lee was educated in the West and his English is good.
The so-called commercialism includes elements like story, plots, rhythms and large big scenes.
Zhang Yimou
People in misery is what most important in art.
HERO is a combination of my personal feeling and the commercialism.
For over ten years I always had, but I don't speak English.
I'm not Ang Lee who knows so much about western market and the taste of western audiences.
Zhang Yimou
I hope before I am getting too old and when my mind is still functioning, I can tell some better stories.
Zhang Yimou
To do art, one thing should always remember – subjects of people in misery have deep meanings.
Zhang Yimou
Time has changed and now is the age of spending.
Under the big political umbrella, a man is just like a leaf in the ocean, with no control of his destiny and does not have any choice.
Zhang Yimou
Now a movie with 30 million returns would be something very incredible and the producer can only get 10 to 15 million. This is only 100 thousands US dollars. This is not enough!
Zhang Yimou
Piracy has destroyed the domestic market.

Piracy has destroyed the domestic market.
To survive is to win.
People have become shallower. They view spending, entertaining, seeking leisure and enjoying as the main objectives of their life.
Zhang Yimou
I must stick with Chinese language films.
Only people have been through that miserable time will recall the pass from their deep memory.
Zhang Yimou
You must know what you are capable of.
But I think we need the international market.