Zhang Yimou (
[ʈʂáŋ î.mǒu]; born 2 April 1950)
 is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer.
 He is counted amongst the
Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 with
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.
One of Zhang's recurrent themes is the resilience of Chinese people in the face of hardship and adversity, a theme which has been explored in such films as
To Live (1994) and
Not One Less (1999). His films are particularly noted for their rich use of colour, as can be seen in some of his early films, like
Raise the Red Lantern, and in his
wuxia films like
House of Flying Daggers. His highest budgeted film to date is the 2016
monster film titled
The Great Wall, set in
Imperial China and starring