US film maker Steven Spielberg will be joining hands with Chinese top director Zhang YiMou, for designing the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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China borned Zhang will lead the team, while Spielberg will serve as artistic consultant along with Australian Ric Birch, who directed the 2000 Sydney Games’ ceremonies.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Chinese capital, Beijing on August 8, 2008. It is not going to be an easy job to produce a great show after the great success of 2000 Sdyney and 2004 Athens Games.

But with 2 master of art from East and West, Zhang and Spielberg might create some wonders.

Zhang is famous internationally for martial arts epics like Hero and House of Flying Daggers, as well as artistic film such as Raise the Red Lantern and Red Sorghum.

Steven Spielberg needs not much introduction, probably the most influential director for the past 3 decades with countless best selling movies and award winning films.

After the news was released, Spielberg was quoted saying..

Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding.

Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life, we are dedicated to making this the most emotional opening ceremony ever.

At the meantime Zhang is filming his latest movie, “The City of Golden Armor,” starring Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li.

Zhang however promised that he will not engage in any future projects for the next 2 years, just to concentrate to produce the best show for the 2008 Beijing Olympic.


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