Zhang Yimou Aims to Show Different Side of China
There's more to Chinese culture than lanterns and opera, says film director Zhang Yimou — and he plans to prove it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Zhang, chief director for the opening and closing ceremonies, says he hopes to use lesser-known Chinese elements.
"There are just too many well-known Chinese elements, such as lanterns, kites and Peking operas. There are also many aspects of Chinese culture that few people know," he says in an interview published Friday in the China Daily newspaper.
"For instance, I saw many different kinds of performances when I went to Yunnan (province) to collect folk arts. They are absolutely new to people outside," he is quoted as saying.
Zhang says the ceremonies will show international solidarity as well as Chinese characteristics, and that Hollywood director
Steven Spielberg — one of a team of international consultants — wants to be more than just an adviser.
Spielberg "intends to give some concrete suggestions," he says.
Zhang's films include "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers" and "Raise the Red Lantern."