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Director Zhang Yimou Fined $1.2 Million

9th January 2014

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has been fined $1.2 million (£800,000) for breaching the country's one-child rule for families.The House of Flying Daggers director recently confessed to fathering three kids with his wife, Chen Ting, but...

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Director Zhang Yimou Contesting Chinese Authorities Over Family Fine

8th January 2014

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has challenged a government evaluation of his annual earnings as officials seek to fine him for breaking the country's strict 'one-child' policy.The House of Flying Daggers director confessed to fathering three...

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Zhang Yimou Ready To Pay Fine For Violating China's One-child Policy

30th December 2013

Chinese director Zhang Yimou is ready to accept the consequences of breaking the country's strict 'one-child' policy after confessing to fathering three kids with his current wife.The Flowers of War filmmaker owned up to the...

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Director Zhang Yimou Sued Over Multiple Children

6th December 2013

Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been slapped with a $164 million (£109.3 million) lawsuit from two attorneys after confessing to flouting the country's strict 'one-child' policy.Government officials launched an investigation into the claims in...

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Famed Chinese Director To Make Films For Theaters, Internet

29th May 2013

Chinese director Zhang Yimou, who staged the opening and closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and whose films include Raise the Red Lantern, Red Sorghum and Hero, has signed a deal to make...

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Zhang Yimou Under Fire In China

9th May 2013

Zhang Yimou, one of China's best-known directors -- he staged the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 -- is under investigation for violating China's strict one-child-per-family rule and could face a fine of...

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Zhang Yimou Investigated Over China's Child Policy

9th May 2013

Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into reports acclaimed director Zhang Yimou has allegedly violated the country's strict 'one-child' policy by fathering seven kids.Reports have surfaced suggesting The Flowers of War moviemaker Yimou has gone...

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Bale Says He Liked Working In China, But China May Veto His Return

14th February 2012

Christian Bale said at the Berlin Festival on Monday that he had a "fantastic time" working with famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou on The Flowers of War and found working in an all-Chinese-language movie challenging....

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Christian Bale Criticised By Chinese Officials

21st December 2011

Christian Bale has been attacked by Chinese officials for his attempt to visit a blind activist under house arrest in the country. 'The Dark Knight Rises' actor was stopped by security guards when he tried...

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Christian Bale Attacked By Local Guards In China

16th December 2011

Christian Bale has run into complications in China, despite being the actor who their government hope will bring the nation back its first ever OSCAR AWARD thanks to his starring role in the part-state funded...

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Christian Bale Heads To China For 'The Flowers Of War'

12th December 2011

Christian Bale has arrived in China to promote his new movie 'The Flowers of War'. The 'Batman' actor has been forced to defend the movie - which tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre, which...

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Bale Heads East For Chinese Film Project

24th December 2010

Hollywood actor CHRISTIAN BALE is heading East - he's set to star in a new movie by Chinese director ZHANG YIMOU.The Dark Knight star has signed up to become the first big American actor to...

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Christian Bale Lands Nanjing Heroes Role

23rd December 2010

Christian Bale has signed up to star in Zhang Yimou's 'Nanjing Heroes'.The 'Fighter' actor will play a US priest named John, who helped a number of Chinese citizens escape death during the country's Nanjing massacre,...

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Zhang Yimou Calls For Chinese Cinema Innovation

18th March 2010

One of China's leading film directors, Zhang Yimou ( Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero ), has told China's national parliament that the country's film industry lags far behind the U.S. and needs to...

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Director Zhang Sues Over Biography

13th January 2009

Chinese director ZHANG YIMOU is taking legal action against the publisher and author of a new biography of the filmmaker, accusing them of damaging his reputation with allegations of a love triangle. He is demanding...

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Summer Olympics The Rerun

19th December 2008

The major drawback of NBC's highest-rated programming this year -- the Summer Olympics -- is that there appeared to be little-to-no chance of repeating it, analysts observed at the time. But they apparently did not...

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Journalist Gets Sneak Peak At Olympics Ceremonies

1st August 2008

In a breach of massive Chinese security, a Korean television cameraman walked into Beijing's National Stadium, filmed some of the rehearsals for the Olympic's Opening Night ceremonies, returned, and saw his efforts go viral --...

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Ebert "Depressed" By Loss Of Show

31st July 2008

Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert says that having to announce his departure from the television show that he launched with the late Gene Siskel in 1975 left him feeling "depressed." Ebert notes on his...

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Famed Chinese Director Latest To Criticize Spielberg's Olympics Exit

4th March 2008

Zhang Yimou, arguably China's leading film director, has called Steven Spielberg's decision to quit his post as an artistic adviser to the Beijing Olympics "very regrettable." Spielberg linked his decision to withdraw from the Olympics'...

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Chinese Director Zhang Breaks Silence On Spielberg's Olympic Withdrawal

4th March 2008

Chinese filmmaker ZHANG YIMOU has spoken out about STEVEN SPIELBERG's decision to quit as artistic director to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, calling his resignation "quite regrettable". Zhang was working with Spielberg on orchestrating...

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British Film To Kick Off Venice Film Festival

29th August 2007

Atonement, the British film starring Keira Knightley, is to kick off the Venice Film Festival this evening.Stars and critics will attend the opening ceremony of the glamorous festival in the Palazzo del Cinema which is...

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Fascinating Fact 3576

16th July 2007

PAUL VERHOEVEN, ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU, JANE CAMPION, CATHERINE BREILLAT, EMANUELE CRIALESE, FERZAN OZPETEK and ZHANG YIMOU have been announced as the seven directors who will form the jury panel at the 75th anniversary Venice Film...

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Communist Party Criticises Chinese Film

9th February 2007

Oscar-nominated movie CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER has angered the Chinese Communist Party for its "immoral" presentation of modern Chinese cinema. The film - the most expensive ever to be produced in the country -...

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Curse Is Anything But At Chinese Box Office

2nd January 2007

It took Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower just two weekends to become the biggest box-office hit in China for 2006. Daily Variety reported that the film earned $6.4 million in its second weekend,...

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Movie Reviews: Curse Of The Golden Flower

25th December 2006

Opening in 60 U.S. cities, Sony Pictures Classics' Curse of the Golden Flower performed solidly, it unspectacularly over the weekend. The film, China's costliest ever, earned $489,000 -- or $8,150 per theater. The lush historical...

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Is China Stacking The Deck For Movie?

20th December 2006

Days after director Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower opened with the biggest box-office take in China's history, some Western reports are questioning the role of China's exhibitors in producing the record. According to...

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Yun-fat Wants To Duet With Chou

13th December 2006

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON star CHOW YUN-FAT is desperate to record a duet with his latest co-star JAY CHOU. Yun-Fat, 51, stars alongside the Taiwanese pop singer, 27, in ZHANG YIMOU's forthcoming romantic epic CURSE...

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Lee To Serve As Culture Consultant For 2008 Olympics

18th October 2006

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN director ANG LEE has been selected as an arts and culture consultant for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to be held in China. The 51-year-old Oscar...

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Chan's Dream Dramatic Project Put On Hold

2nd October 2006

JACKIE CHAN's dream movie, about landmines in Cambodia, has been put on hold - so its director can produce the 2008 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. The film, as yet untitled, was ready to...

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Spielberg Plays Down Yimou Collaboration Reports

28th August 2006

STEVEN SPIELBERG has dismissed reports he's set to work with famed Chinese director ZHANG YIMOU, insisting he's been misinterpreted. Rumours were rife the movie-makers were to team up for a screen version of the classic...

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