Acclaimed film director, Zhang Yimou (张艺谋), has been stirring up controversy with the recent exposure that the 61-year-old is the father of seven children with four women. Six of the children were born out of wedlock. In direct violation of China’s one-child policy act, it is estimated that Zhang owes the mainland government 160 million RMB in fines.
Zhang had a well-publicized affair with his muse, Gong Li (巩俐), who was featured in six of his films from 1988’s Red Sorghum <紅高粱> to 1995’s Shanghai Triad <摇啊摇，摇到外婆桥>. Aside from Gong Li, Zhang’s entanglements with other women and their children out of wedlock have been exposed due to his second marriage.
Recent reports claimed that Zhang had registered marriage to Chinese actress Chen Ting (陈婷), 32, last year though there is a 30-year age gap between the two. This is Zhang’s second marriage after his divorce with Xiao Hua (肖华), with whom he had a daughter, Zhang Mo (张末).
The news of Zhang’s remarriage was brought to light after he fell out with producer Zhang Weiping (张伟平) while shooting for The Flowers of War (金陵十三钗) last year.
Chen Ting and Zhang Yimou have two sons and a daughter before their official marraige. Based on their children’s ages of 13, 9 and 7, Chen Ting would have given birth to their eldest son when she was 19 years old. It was also believed that for every son born, Zhang rewarded Chen Ting with 10 million RMB.
According to a social network website, it was reported that Zhang also had 3 children with 2 other women. This led to speculation that Zhang has 7 children with 4 different women altogether.
~ 2 sons and 1 daughter with Chen Ting
~ 1 daughter with ex-wife, Xiao Hua
~ 2 daughters with an anonymous woman
~ 1 son with an anonymous woman
A legal adviser said that Zhang has violated China’s one-child policy and the penalty fine is twice his annual income, which is estimated at 80 million RMB. If the rumors turn out to be true, Zhang may be liable for a fine of 160 million RMB.
An acquaintance of Chen Ting told the social network that “a few years ago, Chen Ting told me that Zhang had two daughters with one woman and one son with another woman. She felt so proud because she has sons and a daughter with Zhang and that she has won.”
Although Zhang Yimou was contacted for clarification, he unable to be reached for comment on his scandalous family situation.
Source: Apple Daily
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