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10:44, December 26, 2008

2008 Cultural Figures revealed (4)

Mei Baojiu

【Reasons for selection】 At the end of the year, as the movie, "Forever Enthralled" became a hit, the 70-year-old Mei Baojiu frequently appeared in the spotlight to promote the movie and answer questions from the audience.

All these efforts reflect not only the natural respect and obligation a son has for his father, but also the passion and sense of mission a virtuoso of Peking Opera feels for the art of Peking Opera.

This year, the efforts Mei made to inherit and carry forward the art of Peking Opera went far beyond that. Both the popularization of Peking Opera and the training of gifted performers of Beijing Opera ignited a passion in him.

Chen Kaige

【Reasons for selection】 At the end of the year, "Forever Enthralled," a movie depicting the legendary Peking Opera actor Mei Lanfang won both public praise and box office success.

Simultaneously, Chen Kaige, director of the movie published his new book "Meifeisewu, " sharing his spiritual journey and stories behind the scenes, which also received extensive attention.

His earlier movie, "Farewell my Concubine," pushed him to the peak of his career, but after his work "Promise" received bad reviews, Chen was under a lot of pressure and chose to endure the hardships in order to realize his ambition.

This winter, his "Forever Enthralled" was a success and well received in all parts of China, making his comeback story the focus of public opinion once again.

Zhang Jigang

【Reasons for selection】 2008 witnessed a full range of Zhang's achievements.

On August 8, as Vice Chief Director, Zhang Jigang gave the order to begin the countdown to commence the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics from the chief podium.

On September 6, at the same location, but this time as the Chief Director, he gave the command to begin the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics.

The dance performance, "Burning Dance Moves," of which Zhang was the Art Director, made its splendid debut in early December.

At the end of December, the large-scale Peking Opera, "Red Cliff," under his direction, had been shown for 10 days in a row at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

From the "Thousand-hand Guan Yin" to the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, from dances to Peking Opera, the respect and pursuit of human nature's beauty reflected in Zhang’s works have touched many people.

By People's Daily Online
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