Little 7-year-old Yang Peiyi was not flawless enough to have her face in front of millions for the Opening Beijing ceremonies. Instead Lin Miaoke was used because she was considered more appealing combining the perfect face with the perfect voice. That is a little surprising. When we interviewed Zhang Yimou 1 1/2 years ago and asked him what identifies a star, his answer was “You need to be cultured. If you just have a pretty face, it’s hard to portray roles. It’s what we call a “flower face” – only having a beautiful face. The audience won’t be satisfied. Of course for an actress you have to look good on the screen. There isn’t a set formula. The media always concludes my tastes.”
Read our interview with Zhang Yimou. He even talks about the Beijing Olympics.