Firstly I am from Hong Kong, nationality is British while I am an ethnic Chinese.
For the opening ceremony, well I wrote a comment in the other forum in Chinese, well I would like to try my best to translate it into English.
The Opening ceremony “Saved” Yimou Zhang, because what the opening ceremony needs is a “glamourous” “spectacular” scenery with lots of “manpower”. That is what the olympic opening ceremony needs.
However, those basic elements are just repeated his previous film “Curse of the Golden Flower” I think it is really wrong to put those elements to a “bad constructed” movie. Same fabulous scenery and also lots of manpower, but the scripts is just a “blank”, devived from a famous Chinese Novel “The storm”, about a family tradegy related to “love & sex affairs”. When I saw thousands of chysanthemum pots were ruined because of the story goes, then “rebuilt” the whole scene with thousands of chysanthemum pots again after that, I was thinking, “What the F###? What a waste for the earth resources for this crap film! How many Chinese directors can make more films than wasting resources for this crap, because of Zhang!” So, after that I NEVER called Zhang a “Director”
May be because the 70 meters long of digital LED scroll in the Olympic Ceremony “saved” Zhang away from wasting earth resources. Actually it is the same as the “Curse of the Golden Flower”.