approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Yimou's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Zhang Yimou comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Zhang Yimou - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his true priorities lie. Study this page and the next one and compare them - there may be significant differences between the two, in which case "the inner Zhang Yimou" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Yimou a little better. This page describes the disguise Yimou Zhang wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Forward-looking and progressive, he is a person who supports change, innovation, and human advancement, and Zhang Yimou is often strongly committed to a humanitarian cause or social improvement. He is extremely aware of the interrelations between all people, and is always projecting personal issues unto a greater whole. Yimou Zhang sees the political or social ramifications of personal actions, and he wishes to contribute something of value to the world, or at least to his community or group.
The ideals of equality, fairness, human rights, brotherhood, and social justice color Yimou's whole outlook and approach to life. He is truly interested in the good of the whole and not only his own personal well-being.
Sometimes he may overlook or ignore his own and others' personal needs, desires, and feelings, especially if they do not conform to his ideals of how one should feel or act. Though he has little patience for conservative narrow-mindedness, Zhang Yimou himself is sometimes dogmatic about his beliefs and ideologies.
He is attracted to the avant-garde, the latest advances in human thought and development, and he is eclectic and cosmopolitan in his tastes. He may consider himself a "global citizen" rather than claiming a narrow, limited identification based on nationality, race, familial heritage, etc. Zhang Yimou is strongly influenced by his peer group and the flavor of the times in which he grew up, more so than by parental or family influences. He is involved and active in groups, community efforts, as well as cultural and progressive movements.
On a personal level, Zhang Yimou is friendly and expresses a kind of impersonal good will towards others. Yimou Zhang probably has many acquaintances but few really close friends, and much of Yimou Zhang's relationships with others are based on a sharing of common ideals and principles, rather than on emotional ties. Others see Zhang Yimou as a good friend and a comrade who is objective, fair and rather detached emotionally. Yimou does not often show his emotions, and may be unsure about how to respond to others' emotional expression, for he tends to be very rational.
Zhang Yimou is also very independent and refuses to be possessed by any individual. Zhang Yimou is not comfortable with traditional sexual roles and is inclined to have "liberated" views about marriage, relationships, sharing of child rearing responsibilities, etc. Zhang Yimou needs to have a life outside of the personal, domestic sphere and to be involved with people on a broader scale. The nurturing of family ties, and close, deep, personal relationships may take a back seat to Yimou Zhang's work or outside social activities.
To others, Zhang Yimou appears capable, mature and down to earth. Even when he was young, there was a certain practicality and responsible air about Yimou that inspired people to rely on him. Yimou Zhang keeps his cool in most situations.
Zhang Yimou comes across to others as intelligent, alert, articulate, knowledgeable and communicative. He is quite curious and interested in the people and events around him and cannot resist commenting about them.
Yimou Zhang also needs to be busy and active and he moves quickly. Zhang Yimou also appears to be restless. Keeping his mind or hands occupied helps with that.
He may be seen as the wild card, the unpredictable or kooky one, because occasionally Zhang Yimou does surprising things that are either totally out of character or are actually intended to shock people. There is an erratic quality or rebelliousness that comes across at odd moments. It seems to be Yimou's role to shake things up a bit and he may not be entirely comfortable with this himself.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Trine Asc.
Mercury Sextile Asc.
Uranus Quincunx Asc.