Zhang Yimou to direct Winter Olympics handover show

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Renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou. (file photo)

Renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou announced on Friday that he will direct the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games handover performance at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

This is the first time China will receive the flag at the handover performance at a Winter Olympics. Zhang revealed that he is still developing his idea for the eight-minute cultural performance heralding the start of the four-year countdown to the next Winter Olympics.

Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in July 2015. Zhang, who directed "House of Flying Daggers" and "Hero," is mostly known to Westerners as the chief director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Zhang also made a promotional film to boost Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

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