Up at 6am this morning to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Been waiting for 7 years for this, and it was a breathtaking event.
I came away stunned with the amount of work and planning that had to go into every performance. The costumes, the choreography, the precision - just astounding. A lot of use of new a/v techniques, very interesting.
I think the director, Zhang YiMou, did a magnificent job. I'm a huge fan of his movies, and the Opening Ceremonies was unmistakably a Zhang YiMou production. The huge swaths of colour, the grand tone of the music and choreography, the sheer size of the cast - he really put his stamp on the show. And he's really the only one that can handle something of this nature. No one else really has the artistic vision to create something so elaborate yet have such clear themes. He's proven without a doubt that he's a legend.
By far, without a doubt, undisputably - this is the greatest Opening Ceremonies in the history of the modern Olympics. No need to argue. A grand spectacle, I'm so proud of my country and my people. Will be celebrating tonight with some fine wine and cuisine. One World, One Dream.