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2008 Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Performance extravaganza that kicked off the 2008 Olympic Games

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Insane!! Blown away by this visual & sensory experience.. Unbelievable!

  • Aug 12, 2008
I really may not even have the words to explain how incredibly beautiful and amazing this show was.  And I'm a pretty wordy person.  You sort of expect to get swept up and inspired by these things, so you have a bit of buy-in before it even comes on.  But WOW.  SOOO many segments were just defying all logic and gravity and any other reasonable explanation of how THAT many lights and THAT many dancers and THAT incredible costuming and performance could even all coexist... and come through via TV.  I cannot even begin to imagine what it must've been like in person.  The colors and lighting and cultural meaning behind every detail all came together to create something that you really haven't ever seen before.  It's sort of like the first time you saw the Matrix.  Your brain isn't even sure how to process what you're seeing.  So very cool -- and very moving as well.  And so nice to feel such positivity toward the culture and the people and their incredible talent to put this together.  Certainly made history, and set the tone for an unprecedented level of excitement for the games.  
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April 24, 2009
Indeed it was! A remarkable display of artistry by director & film maker Zhang Yimou (who also directed House of Flying Daggers). Not to mention the hours put in by the many Chinese to get every detail right. I saw the documentaries that reveal the behind the scene activities, it was quite unthinkable. Bravo to the Chiense people! It's a common consensus among the overseas Chinese that the time has finally come for China.
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Held in honor of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, People's Republic of China on August 8, 2008.  The ceremonies took place at the Beijing National Stadium, and were co-directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and Chinese choreographer Zhang Jigang.  Performances were derived from traditional Chinese culture and were given by more than 15,000 dancers and musicians, often presented in groups of 2,008.  

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