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Director: Zhang Yimou
Region: Region Free
Genre: Sports | Ceremony
Running Time: 328mins.
TV Series Release Date: 30 September 2001
Studio: Emperor Entertainment Group Limited
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Language: English with chinese removable subtitles
Format: Support both NTSC & PAL
Boxed Set: Opening & Closing Ceremony
Discs: 2 pcs
The 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony was held at the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. It began at 8:00 pm China Standard Time (UTC+8) on August 8, 2008, as 8 is considered to be a lucky number. The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese culture. However, some sources reported the start time for the ceremony to be 8:08:08 pm instead of 8:00 pm. Organizers claim that the stadium was full to its 91,000 capacity.
The ceremony was co-directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou along with Chinese choreographers Zhang Jigang and Chen Weiya. The director of music for the ceremony was composer Chen Qigang. It was noted for its focus on ancient Chinese culture, and for its creativity, as well as being the first to use weather modification technology to prevent rainfall. The final ascent to the torch featured Olympic gymnast Li Ning, who appeared to run through air around the top ring of the stadium. Featuring more than 15,000 performers, the ceremony lasted over four hours and was reported to have cost over US$100 million to produce.The opening ceremony was lauded by spectators and various international presses as spectacular and spellbinding.