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Zhang Yimou honored

ZHANG Yimou, the Chinese filmmaker who produced the opening and closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, received an honorary degree from Boston University on Sunday.

The director of "Raise the Red Lantern" did not attend to receive his degree.

University President Robert Brown said last week that Zhang's films "have offered worldwide audiences both a perspective on the people and culture of China ... and a window into universal aspects of human nature and yearning."

Boston Celitcs basketball legend Larry Bird and director Steven Spielberg were also honored with honorary degrees at the school's 136th graduation.

Zhang will start shooting a new movie in late May or June, his assistant said last month, his first project since designing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. He hasn't made a movie since the 2006 historical epic "Curse of the Golden Flower."

Zhang wowed audiences with a stunning Olympics opening ceremony that saw retired Chinese gymnast Li Ning soaring through the air carried by wires to light the Olympic cauldron. The opening ceremony won a Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.

The Chinese government has appointed Zhang as director of a gala event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China on October 1.


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