Movie director flouts China's one-child policy with purported SEVEN kids
Acclaimed director Zhang Yimou alleged to have multiple children from two wives, mistresses
Mainland China's strict one-child per family policy is having a disastrous effect on the typical Chinese family. Female babies wind up aborted, leading to excess boys in the Chinese population. In a flagrant slap at a rule enforced for the common people, with certain exceptions for the elite, an acclaimed Chinese movie director is now alleged to have had SEVEN children - with two wives and two mistresses.
Zhang Yimou's films include "A Simple Noodle Story," an adaptation of the Coen brothers' 1984 movie "Blood Simple," and "Under the Hawthorn Tree," a love story set in China's decade-long, ultra-leftist Cultural Revolution.
"We are trying to confirm the online rumors," a woman at the general office of Wuxi city's family planning committee said. The authority couldn't reveal any other information until authorities had finished investigating the accusations.
Zhang could face a fine of up to 160 million yuan - or a stagger $26 million in U.S. dollars, according to newspaper reports. People caught breaking China's family planning policy must pay a "social compensation fee" based on their annual income.
Comments on local social media have been fast and furious, drawing distinctions between how the elite and ordinary people are treated.
"However many children a person has is their basic right, but in a twisted society, basic rights have become a privilege," one Beijing resident wrote on Sina Weibo.
"Why is China unable to win the world's respect? Rich people with groups of mistresses, old celebrities changing wives, Zhang Yimou getting so many privileges. Four women and seven kids, if this was an ordinary person they would have killed you or fined you an unreasonable amount of money, but he is fine ... he is no better than ordinary people, such an unfair world will never gain respect."
Other Zhang films include "A Simple Noodle Story," an adaptation of the Coen brothers' 1984 movie "Blood Simple," and "Under the Hawthorn Tree," a love story set in China's decade-long, ultra-leftist Cultural Revolution.
Known to many as China's one-child policy, the rules limit most urban couples to one child and allow two children for rural families if their firstborn is a girl. The government introduced the policy in 1979 as a temporary measure to curb a surging population. The much-despised edict remains in place, reviled by many Chinese citizens.
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