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Chinese Film Director to Teach in Korea

2009/03/03 Source

By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the chief director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will visit Korea to lecture local students at Dankook University.

The school announced Tuesday that the 57-year-old director will work as a chair professor for two years and start teaching in his second semester, which starts in autumn.

"We decided to invite Zhang to specialize in our humanities, movies and arts departments and further bring them to the international level", Chang Ho-sung, the president of the school, said.

"The school is focused in bringing three technologies, namely information, biological and culture technology, to the next level, and inviting Zhang is part of the cultural project. The professors have been contacting the director since last year, and now he's finally agreed to come to Korea", Kim Chang-hae, the public relations coordinator at Dankook University, told The Korea Times.

"I would like to bring the two cultures of Korea and China together through discussion with Korean students and artists", Zhang was quoted as saying.

The director will hold two lectures under the tentative title "Literature and Images, the Reality of Cultural Contents", and also attend a seminar for experts and professors in the film industry.

Kim added that Zhang had to refuse last year due to his busy schedule as the director for the Olympic Games, but managed to fit the post in his schedule for the next two years.

Zhang graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and made his directorial debut with the film "Red Sorghum" in 1987, which won him the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988. His other works include the hit film "Raise the Red Lantern" (1991), "Hero" (2002) and "Curse of the Golden Flower" (2006).

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