Friday, 10 January 2014

Whopping Fine for Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou has to shell out for three kids
Yesterday Chinese officials said film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than 7.5 million yuan ($1.24 million) in fines for violating the one-child policy -- I mean family planning rules.

He admitted recently that he and his second wife have three children.

A district government in Wuxi, Jiangsu province said investigators concluded the couple ignored the policy by having the children without approval -- and before they got married.

Double whammy.

Apparently the whopping fine was calculated based on the couple's annual income.

So perhaps unlike the rest of us Zhang has more than enough to easily pay the fine?

What's fascinating is that Zhang seemed so keen to be back in the government's good books (leading to his direction of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics) that he neglected to inform the relative authorities about his having more than one child. Surely if he had done that earlier, we probably wouldn't be writing about this now.

But alas Zhang was caught and now he is paying the consequences.

Perhaps this is also a government tactic to kill the chicken to scare the monkeys?

Nevertheless many bloggers in China criticized the high fines and said this was driving away top talent from the country, that the fines would probably line corrupt officials' pockets and one even encouraged Zhang to leave the country.

It will definitely be interesting to see what he does next in light of this scandal that happened several months ago. Perhaps a movie based on his run-in with the government?


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