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On Zhang Yimou's "Golden Touch": A Comparison between "Judou" and "The Last Emperor"

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Chinese filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, has definitely cut an unusual figure in the Western film market. Since he and Chen Kaige won the 1985 British Film Institute (BFI) award for their film "Yellow Earth," he has time and again dazzled the world with his successes. His "Red Sorghum" snatched the 1989 Golden Bear top film prize at the Berlin International Film Festival; then his "Judou" received the Luis Bunuel Award and was nominated for a foreign-film Oscar in February 1991, the first Oscar nominee China has ever obtained. In 1992, Zhang's "Raise the Red Lantern" was again nominated for the best foreign film Oscar, and his "Qiu Ju's Story" was shown throughout the United States with "Two Thumbs up" in its appraisal. Recently his "To Live" was given four stars in advertisements in the U.S. film market.
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Keywords: Western style; Zhang Yimou; context; culture; ‘Judou’; ‘The Last Emperor’

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-08-01

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