Fan Bingbing’s Cars Go Missing Along with Herself

The entire nation and the world are in fervent discussion of the whereabouts of China’s highest-paying actress Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), who disappeared soon after her tax evasion scandal broke out. Her last appearance was in July 1, when she was seen at a children’s hospital. The actress, who is usually active on social media, was last seen to be active on July 23, when she “liked” some posts on Weibo.

Many rumors have broken out to explain Fan Bingbing’s disappearance. A report by Securities Daily <证券日报> last week revealed that the actress was “under control,” leading to speculation that she was arrested by authorities. The report added that Fan Bingbing’s tax evasion scandal was only the tip of the iceberg, and that she is facing legal punishment for other crimes, such as illegal lending and crimes related to corruption. This report was later deleted.

In another rumor, Fan Bingbing and her fiancé Li Chen (李晨) had escaped to the United States to seek asylum, which would only further anger state officials. In the 2017-18 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, conducted by Chinese officials which has since been released, Fan Bingbing earned a rating of zero for social responsibility.

Netizens have been circulating a report that detailed Fan Bingbing’s astronomical wealth. Aside from being the highest paid actress in China, Fan Bingbing also owns may properties overseas. 14% of her earnings come from her investments in Canada, with overseas investments reaching 200%.

It is possible that the allegations against her is more serious than expected, as her younger brother, Nine Percent member Fan Chengcheng (范丞丞), is not allowed to leave China for his band’s Asian tour. It’s also been reported by the Chinese media that Fan Bingbing’s luxury cars and her proposal gift from Li Chen, all that are usually parked by her home property, have now gone missing, except for a mini-van. A screenshot of Fan Bingbing in handcuffs and guarded by two policewomen circulated on social media, but it has since been proven that it was photoshopped.



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  1. In the 2017-18 China Film and Television Star Social Responsibility Report, conducted by Chinese officials which has since been released, Fan Bingbing earned a rating of zero for social responsibility.

    What is this rating for? Who have high rating ? Communist rules things differently.

    1. @hohliu
      Don’t think the report matters but FBB’s image will be finished in the eyes of the public no matter what therefore the social responsibility reading is quite accurate. I know in the west if a celebrity had committed some form of crime there will be flocks of colleagues and fellow celebrities coming forward to defend his/her character. I can’t read chinese so can’t research but I doubt any of her colleagues have come out to defend FBB. Most will look to cut ties in case their own image is harmed.

    2. @hohliu
      i heard this on a radio show, they were talking about this rating. the gov feels that the entertainment had been expanding with many young celebrities making more money in a single drama than one can earn in a lifetime. so the gov. got together w/ 5 different institutions including the major media outlets and film arts institutions to come up w/ this rating. any celebrity who with a failing score (score below 60), the gov advises to not promote them or any of their work. among the 100 celebrities, only 7 passed.
      the rating is calculated from philanthropy, past work for example, if a film that they were casted in promoted ideas that the gov supports such as recycling, family basically all the good, healthy things per definition of the chinese gov., and also their role in the film, villain vs the good guy (negative points for villain roles and plus for the good guy role)

      1. @m0m0

        I agree that the Chinese government should curb the salary of celebrities. It’s ridiculous how much celebrities get paid per drama/movie. In regards, to other stuff, I am on the fence.

      2. @anon
        I agree with that too which is similar to the soccer capping of international players and wages.At one point chinese soccer teams funded by rich Chinese businessmen were paying ridiculous fees and wages to bring in world class players from all around the world while local players were on tiny salaries. It was good that tax was increased massively and teams became more reluctant to pay huge fees.

      3. @terrycrews19 Haha…yup, so true! This social responsibility score thing isn’t just for celebrities though — they rolled it out for ordinary citizens too. I saw an article a few weeks ago explaining how it works for regular folks and let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be a citizen of China at this moment — they basically score you based on things like what you purchase on the internet for example (i.e. if you purchase diapers and other household items online, then you get higher points because it shows you are taking care of your family’s needs whereas if you buy some popular video game online then you get lower points because it means you are being lazy and obsessed with playing games rather than doing something productive with your life)….and also things you do everyday because China has state of the art cameras installed in various places to monitor what people say, do, etc. If your score is consistently low (meaning you are not a perfect, good, upstanding citizen), then you could be “blacklisted” and basically banned from receiving basic services — i.e. if you try to eat at a restaurant, they can refuse to serve you, merchants can refuse to sell you stuff, etc. It sounds too ridiculous to be true but it’s something that the Chinese government themselves actually confirmed is in place currently (though how tightly it is being implemented and adhered to is another story)…

      4. @m0m0 “Good, healthy things per definition of the chinese government”. LMAO. I am at a lost for words, a NBC d that doesn’t happen to me. They say a nation follows its leaders, those in positions of authority. I now see why the chinese fans, and citizens on a whole are so delusional and live in wonderland, or fantasy Island. They learn to be delusional from the government, hahahe. Any one , chinese, or foreigner, knows there is nothing good about the chinese government. Even the notion of not promoting an entertainer or their work if they score below 60% is in itself ruthless and cut throat. This is too funny, my laugh for the weekend. Got to love Hollywood, even if you don’t like it. Artists have no promotional redtrictions, they are not held back from making little or lots of money. Who knows the large, orange buffoon might now take a page out of China’s book as far as promoting entertainers.

      5. @kmfayb
        It is a mix of many reasons. Some chinese citizens are delusional, some -their patriotism are generated through decades of fear of the Govt, some are uneducated and believe the propaganda they are taught, some just follow the rest of people around them in the ‘I love China’ belief and many have even set foot outside the country to make comparisons . There are plenty who have moved abroad as immigrants because China could not give them what they wanted but they continue to boost China is best at this and that regarding army, weapons, Olympic medals etr. In reality they want to be proud of their country but deep down most know that there are major flaws. Not surprised with the new restrictions and no matter how ridiculous, the citizens have to follow and that’s how the country is run…

  2. Have her allegations ever been proven in the court of law?

    I suppose it doesn’t really matter at this point. It’s been 3 months since the incident unfolded, yet she hasn’t publicly acknowledged the incident shows in the eyes of many that what was reported is indeed true.

    If she runs away from China, that would be even worse for her public image as it may be seen as treasonous and she may never be allowed to return to China again.

    For better or worse, she needs to publicly acknowledge the incident.

    1. @anon I think if we do end up hearing from Fan Bing Bing, it will be her showing up on national television in a pre-recorded video clip where she “confesses” her wrong dong and “apologizes” for how much she has harmed China and its citizens. That has been the pattern for most of the “dissidents” — whether celebrity or ordinary citizen — who have dared to cross the government in the past: record a public confession, sign a paper agreeing to wipe all details from one’s memory and not talk about it with anyone ever, and swear on your own life (and the lives of your loved ones) that you will never do it again. To save her what little face she has left, let’s just hope that FBB’s “confession” won’t be as ridiculously scripted as those missing HK booksellers’ confessions were…

  3. Thank God that In most countries in this world, anyone has the freedom to make their money and earn their keeps. It is called Democracy. Even small poor cou NBC tries have that freedom, which is great. The day America’s government starts restricting how much money its people can make, we’ll know they have sold out to China. That will be worse than losing a loved one. That would be the end of the world as we know it.

    1. @kmfayb Some companies actually already have “kowtowed” to China and most likely will continue to do so. There have been numerous instances in the past year or so where China tried to exert its influence by demanding that American companies (and companies based in other countries around the world) change websites or promotional material that they deem is “offensive” to them. Several months back, I can’t remember which company it was, I think it was one of the airlines (either American or United) that had a list of countries on its website for flights it services and Taiwan was listed there — Chinese government had a fit because they consider Taiwan as part of China and so anyone who refers to Taiwan as a country is disrespecting China….they put pressure on that airline to change their website and of course the airline caved because they didn’t want to lose China’s business. That’s just one of many examples….it’s been happening more and more in recent years as China has gotten more and more powerful and therefore more ambitious in trying to assert its dominance over the rest of the world….

      1. @llwy12
        I feel it is quite gloomy whether rich or poor in China. If a person is rich from business there is no chance that that person had not participated in another corrupted. Just to be granted a business licence or using the territory for business location underhand payments need to paid just to continue running. The odds of one day being targeted by enemies by turning you in or targeted by authorities over these crimes are low but it can happen. Once it happens they can decide to charge you with the seriousness of the crime they feel on the day. Obviously being poor in China is a a terrible option but safer. My opinion really is to not be greedy. Once earn a bit of money quickly, move investments abroad and then get out quick. I’ve known that there are investment sums for a period required to gain citizenship in foreign countries. I think it’s £2million for England invested over a few years. Some countries are much cheaper….

      2. @jimmyszeto Yup…though I guess being rich is better in that you’ll have the means to escape to another country more easily. The key, like you said, is not to be greedy — earn enough to get you comfortable, then get the hell out of there. The U.S. actually has visas specifically for this type of immigrant, but they have to be willing to invest a certain monetary amount in the U.S. in order to qualify (which of course is just a drop in the bucket for the millionaire businessmen in China).

        By the way, I just saw the below article…apparently there is more to the situation. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that the names involved in this whole scandal (the initial whistleblower Cui Yongyuan, Fan Bing Bing, and director Feng Xiaogang) are all connected to each other via one particular movie….

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