First Saturday PDX takes a look at modern China through the provocative lens of famed cinematographer Zhang Yimou.
Zhang Yimou (1951-) is one of China’s most famous film directors. His early films--Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, and Raise the Red Lantern—brought him notoriety both domestically and internationally. Over his career he has directed some 20 feature films and received numerous awards. With rich colors, and sweeping, emotional visual scenes, Zhang revolutionized Chinese cinema, and brought international acclaim and accolades to Chinese-made films. Zhang is also known for directing the opening ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.
Zhang boldly spurned the expected propaganda model, and dared to explore social and cultural themes and issues not previously addressed in film. Many of his films are closely connected to issues within Chinese society. Dr. Larson will trace these connections, with detailed discussion of Zhang’s 2005 film Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, as well as a number of other films, such as the controversial blockbuster Hero (2002).