Asian names on IMDb

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As I said before, the given names and family names are switch in all the Asian names on IMDb. I've noticed it for years. And now you can check it yourself on the movie 'The Great Wall' (2016). Check the director's name on IMDb (Yimou Zhang) and the one on the trailer itself (Zhang Yimou)! And Tian Ling (IMDb) is Ling Tian (Trailer). :-/

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Marc Engels

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Marc: That's intentional, even if it doesn't look right. Zhang Yimou, as he is generally known, has Zhang as his family name and Yimou as his given name. But for IMDb's software to know which is his family name, it had to be treated like a Western name. So he is entered as Zhang, Yimou (note the comma after the family name, because everyone from every country gets entered family name first) which displays as Yimou Zhang. At least this means that IMDb knows he is Mr. Zhang, not Mr. Yimou. See https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/names_all#asian for the policy on this.
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Oh, I see. Thanks for the explanation.

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