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The people behind opening ceremony: Zhang Yi Mou and

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his crew. The opening ceremony beat many people’s expectation. Yesterday and Today I have heard two coworkers walked over to my office and congratulating me. I think we should thank Zhang Yi Mou and his crew instead, in addition to people who provide the $300 million budget 🙂

Zhang Yi Mou
(Courtsy of Yu Pei, blog)

This may not be a complete team of directors who work for the openning ceremony.

An interesting story about Zhang Yi Mou, when he first started as a camera-man, he had to sold his blood to get a decent camera (I think the time is around 1980).

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Anything is possible

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Let me borrow the ad slogan from Li Ning’s apparel and shoes company: anything is possible. His performance in sky demonstrated this idea very well. So as the opening ceremony, I think it blew away a lot of people’s expectations. So congrats to Mr. Zhang Yimou and each of 15,000 performers, and their families, for the hard work and dedication. For Li Ning, this is also a personal redemption: after winning 3 gold medals in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Li Ning failed badly in 1988 Soul Olympics, and was blamed and ridicued when he came back from Soul. He kept his mouth shut, built China’s own sports brand (Li Ning) in last 20 years. Now he got this honor.

Li Ning Olympics torch light run in sky opening ceremony pic
(Li Ning run in the sky to light the Olympics cauldron, source: CCTV)

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Call for help: watch Olympics Opening Ceremony live

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In the US? Today my coworker reminds me Aug 8, the opening ceremony is only a week away.

(Update Aug 7) More up to date stuff from mitbbs (go to the end of this post to get the instructions in Chinese).

So far NBC family (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) has no plan to do it live. NBC will show the video at 6:30 PM local time instead.

“Coverage of the Opening Ceremony from Beijing’s National Stadium, where athletes from over 200 nations will converge to ignite the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. ”

UUSee: go to and install the client software. But according to some source, the IP outside China will all be blocked because UUSee only got broadcast rights inside China (source: ChinaNews).

Sohu: same restriction as UUsee? To be confirmed.

Maybe some smart techies can provide us a solution? After all, that’s the first time China hold the Olympics, but the overseas Chinese can not see the opening ceremony live. Shame on the IOC and NBC 🙁

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