Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou asked to declare income after admitting breach of one-child policy

Chinese director Zhang Yimou waves in an archive photo from 2010. Photo: Reuters

Family planning officials have asked the renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou to declare his income so that they can calculate an appropriate fine for his breach of China's one-child policy.

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013, 3:07pm 6 comments

Probe over reports Chinese director Zhang Yimou has seven children

Director Zhang Yimou in 2012. Photo: Reuters

Authorities have begun investigating reports that Zhang Yimou , one of the mainland's best-known movie directors, has seven children in violation of the one-child policy, state media said yesterday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Zhang Yimou linked to '7 children', sparks debate over one-child policy

Director Zhang Yimou. Photo: EPA

The renowned film director fathered three children with actress Chen Ting before they married secretly in 2011. He also had a daughter with his first wife and was further linked to three children from two unidentified women, reports say.

8 May 2013 - 6:26pm

Director admits making promo

Noted film director Zhang Yimou was paid 2.5 million yuan (HK$3.06 million) for his involvement in an 18.5 million yuan promotional video for the Railways Ministry that has further cast the office in a negative light amid mounting public criticism, mainland media reported yesterday.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Promo film puts ministry in a bad light

The Railways Ministry has found itself in hot water again, with the National Audit Office's latest report on government spending saying it spent 18.5 million yuan (HK$22.7 million) on a promotional video without going through proper public tendering.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Flowers of War

Starring: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Huang Tianyuan Director: Zhang Yimou Category: IIB (English, Putonghua, Japanese and Nanjing Chinese)

One of cinema's most brilliant artists commits a celluloid atrocity in The Flowers of War, a technically accomplished but thoroughly repugnant dramatisation of Japan's brutal invasion of Nanjing in December 1937.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

China in Ten Words

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua (translated by Allan Barr) Pantheon

In 2009 Yu Hua wrote a piece in The New York Times to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Show leaves lasting impression

Wandering around the temples and gardens of Hangzhou's West Lake, you might feel there is a lack of spectacle. The layout and beauty of the lake and its gardens aren't meant to be gawked at, they are designed for refined enjoyment and reflection.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pimp film revives Chinese cinema's rebellious streak

Time was when China was represented at the Cannes Film Festival by films the leaders in Beijing detested.

From the late 1980s to early this century, directors such as Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou defied censors to bring their politically sensitive work to the French Riviera, winning sympathy and awards.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Under the Hawthorn Tree

Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou Xiao, Xi Meijuan, Li Xuejian Directed by: Zhang Yimou Category: IIA (Putonghua)

One of the world's most spectacular cinematic maestros masterfully eschews spectacle for a touching look at young love during the Cultural Revolution.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Mainlander Su Tong wins the Man Asian fiction prize with novel of 'immense charm'

Mainland author Su Tong last night won the US$10,000 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Boat to Redemption.

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Fakes offend Chinese as much as anyone

There have been so many fakes in recent Chinese history that many outsiders have developed a stereotype about the country. For Chinese themselves, who suffer because of these mischievous deeds, there is a general detestation of anything fake.

22 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

A mind-blowing display of manufactured destiny

Historians have failed to pinpoint the exact moment when the United Status achieved superpower status, nor have they managed to find a precise event that signalled its assumption of global supremacy; the reason being that there was no such single event.

15 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Performer who fell in rehearsal paralysed

The euphoria over Friday's spectacular opening ceremony has been tempered by confirmation that a performer injured during rehearsal is partially paralysed.

Celebrated dancer Liu Yan has lost all feeling below the waist, according to a blog posted yesterday by by Yangtze Evening News reporter Ju Jianfu.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am


Zhang's attitude is hubris on a large scale

I was astonished and dismayed at Zhang Yimou's assertion that the Beijing opening ceremony, touted as the largest in Olympic history, is unlikely to be surpassed by London or any other host city in the next decade ('Director doubts extravaganza can be topped', August 10).

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am