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Birth Name: Zhang Yimou
Born: 11/14/1951
Birth Place: China

Born Nov. 14, 1950 in Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi province in Mainland China, Zhang's father, a dermatologist, had been an officer in Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Kuomintang Army, which had been defeated by Mao Tse-tung's Communist forces in 1949. An uncle and older brother had fled with the Nationalists to Taiwan. These factors marked Zhang as a potential enemy of the state, and during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, individuals such as Zhang were dispatched to toil on farms. He was removed from school as a teenager for rural labor duty before being transferred to a cotton textile mill in Xianyang. With the death of Mao in 1976, the draconian restrictions of the Cult... Continue Bio >>


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