We'd love to see these collaborations once more, please
Zhang Yimou and Gong Li
Previous collaborations: "Red Sorghum" (1987); "Ju Dou" (1991); "Raise the Red Lantern" (1992); "The Story of Qiu Ju" (1993); "A Soul Haunted by Painting" (1994); "To Live" (1994); "Shanghai Triad" (1995); "Curse of the Golden Flower" (2006)
Why Yimou should: Yimou is one of the world's greatest filmmakers, but when the best thing he's done over the past decade is shepherding the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Games, that's not a good thing. Since "House of Flying Daggers," he's stumbled globally with the bloated "Curse of the Golden Flower" and the middling "The Flowers of War" (with Christian Bale on board, no less). Most of Yimou's greatest works pre-"Hero" (his 21st Century masterpiece) featured Li as his leading lady. Of course, in those days the two were an item, which is why it took 12 years for them to work again in "Golden Flower." Considering his last few films, trying to rekindle the magic with Li in a less ostentatious production might not be such a bad idea.
Why Li should: A true icon to cinephiles around the globe, Li hasn't necessarily demonstrated much of her renowned acting prowess over the past few years. She's expected to star in Tarsem Singh's "Marco Polo" (assuming it actually happens), but reuniting one more time with Yimou on the right script wouldn't be a bad idea either.
- Gregory Ellwood