Gong Li, in a scene from the film Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou’s first film to become a major hit. Zhang Yimou filmed it at Xi’an Studio. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Zhang Yimou is one of China’s most celebrated and commercially successful film directors. His martial arts blockbusters since 2002 contrast with films from the early part of his career that focused on China’s tumultuous history. An acclaimed stage director,