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HONG KONG — China’s most internationally known film director, Zhang Yimou (“Raise the Red Lantern,” “Hero,” “House of Flying Daggers”), and his wife are likely to be $1.24 million poorer after a government office on Thursday ordered the couple to pay a fine for violating family planning limits by having three children.
A district family planning bureau in Wuxi, a lakeside city in eastern China where Zhang’s wife, Chen Ting, officially resides, announced the 7.49 million renminbi fine for “seriously” violating the rules, the China News Service, a state-run agency, reported. The penalty followed months of speculation in the Chinese news media about how many children Zhang had fathered, why he had apparently escaped the rules that limit most urban couples to one child, and why officials in Wuxi had found it impossible to track down one of the country’s most recognizable faces.