Friday, 10 May 2013 12:30

Zhang Yimou may be fined up to RMB$160 million for having seven kids

The renowned Chinese director is rumoured to have breached China’s one-child policy for fathering seven children with four woman


Zhang Yi Mou Gong Li

Rumour has it that Zhang Yimou fathered seven children from his four previous relationships and may face a fine of up to RMB$160 million (approximately S$32 million) for breaching China’s one-child policy.

According to the Chinese media, the renowned Chinese director has a daughter with his first wife Xiao Hua. After his divorce with her in 1990, Yimou reportedly married a woman from Jiangsu named Chen Ting, who is 30 years his junior. Despite attempting to keep his marriage a secret, their relationship was exposed by the Chinese media and it was confirmed that the couple has two sons and a daughter.

It was recently speculated that the 61-year-old also has four other children from relationships with two other unnamed woman, amounting to a total of seven children.

According to China’s family planning laws, every household can only have a maximum of one child. Anyone caught breaking the policy must pay a “social compensation fee” based on their annual income. Based on Yimou’s annual income, the director may have to pay up to RMB$160 million (approximately S$32 million).

The director has yet to comment on these reports at press time.

Zhang Yimou Gong Li

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