This list of Zhang Yimou’s “Performance Enhancing” techniques to achieve that dazzling Olympics opening ceremony keeps growing. China lawyer Liu Xiao Yuan considers suing (Someone care translate it?)

Here’s a few of the complaints echoing around.

1- Mimed Singing
2- Fake Fireworks
3- Better production for US viewers
4- NEW ALLEGATION: The song “You and Me” closely resembles another composer’s work.
5- NEW ALLEGATION: Those Ethnic Minority children were actually Han Majority

1- Mimed Singing
The star singer in pigtails and a red dress, Lin Miaoke, did not actually sing “Ode to the Motherland”. While Lin mimed the song, another girl, Yang Peiyi, actually did the singing.

Yang was not allowed to sing because she did not look as “flawless” as nine-year-old Lin, musical director Chen Qigang told Beijing People’s Broadcasting Station explains in an interview translated by China Digital Times.

Why fake singing?
They faced a dilemma, because although Lin was prettier, seven-year-old Yang had the better voice, musical director Chen Qigang said.

This is in the national interest. It is the image of our national music, national culture. Especially the entrance of our national flag, this is an extremely important, extremely serious matter. Then we made such a choice. I think it is fair to both Lin Miaoke and Yang Peiyi.

2- Fake fireworks
Those dramatic explosions across Beijing were pre-recorded and digitally enhanced.

NBC, defended itself, saying their announcers had made it clear to viewers that the fireworks were fake. You judge:

“You’re looking at a cinematic device employed by Zhang Yimou here,” Lauer said. “This is actually almost animation. A footstep a second, 29 in all, to signify the 29 Olympiads.”

Costas responded, “We said earlier that aspects of this Opening Ceremony are almost like cinema in real time. Well this is quite literally cinematic.”

Why fake fireworks?

The Beijing Olympic Committee said it was necessary to replace live video with computer-generated imagery because the city’s hazy, smoggy skies made it too difficult to see.

They were concerned that the helicopter pilot who would have flown overhead to film the fireworks would have been “at risk by making him try to follow the firework route,” according to a quote from a committee member reported in a Daily Telegraph story.

3- Better production for US viewers
There is also grumbling in the Chinese Internet, CN Reviews reports, that US viewers got a better version of the opening ceremony.

4- The song “You and Me” closely resembles another composer’s work.
This composer alleges that this song resembles “You and I” from the opening ceremony, according to Isaac Mao (My Chinese reading skills not good enough.)

5- Ethnic minority children were actually Han Majority, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The children actually were members of the Han majority, an arts official said in an interview. Yuan Zhifeng, deputy director of Galaxy Children’s Art Troupe, said the children were drawn from the all-Han Chinese troupe. “I assume they think the kids were very natural looking and nice,” Ms. Yuan said.

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19 comments

  1. jason truman

    When I saw too many strange things, I fail to see any strange thing as strange anymore

  2. Peter McLaughlin

    Why are we all so suprised? China is reknowned for it’s propaganda, deception, censorship and lies.

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  4. Dean

    @thomascrampton
    How can u compare a 30 second costume change to the Millie Vallie move used by the producers of the Olympic opening?
    One was a costume change that added to the show. The other was a fraud out and out to put forth a nice shinny face that fit the country’s desired image .The other was faking ahem or should we say enhancing digitally the fireworks because they had failed so miserably to live up to their promises to simply have a acceptable air quality.So what have we learned that dirty lies are fine as long as their is a pretty face on it?

  5. Bush's Brother

    They are fake, we should bomb them when we bomb Iran.

  6. juan

    @thomas

    seems you’ve successfully stirred up the american nationalism. i do not want to make any comment on your political stance, but most of your “findings” are one-sided and sometimes the tone is disturbing. it seems you always project some “desired” outcome and then go finiding the proof for it. At this point, it’s not about which nation one should be more proud of, it’s about what humanbeings could possibly do. No one, even the CCP, says China is perfect, or everything in China is perfect. Why do you project that China thinks like that? and can’t Chinese make any mistakes? China is not standing alone now, there are influences from the west in many aspects, either positively or negatively. if the opeing is a big winner, people can be quite sour about it; if it is a big sucker, then it’s even more entertaining for someone. sounds familiar? just like the female gymnastics; if the goldmedal was american’s, none of the “age” issues would make a scene. i just do not entirely understand where is this attitude coming from? The trick is just too obvious to be smart. Maybe it’s the typical journalism professional training, maybe it’s the economic interest. whatever it is, it’s never about what you write, it’s about who you are. i’m curious about it.

  7. @juan

    American nationalism???

    All these issues were first raised in the Chinese Internet.

    Please re-read the posting.

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  11. JonathonLangdon

    Olympic games should be all about fair play and health through fitness and exercise. But now when anyone can buy steroids online, doping scandals have taken away the Olympic glory. And if you add to that the fact that not even the opening song is played live, they have definitely started on the wrong foot.

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    Olympic games should be all about fair play and health through fitness and exercise. But now when anyone can buy steroids online, doping scandals have taken away the Olympic glory. And if you add to that the fact that not even the opening song is played live, they have definitely started on the wrong foot.

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