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Film director Zhang Yimou apologises for breaching China's one-child policy
By SP_COP on December 01, 2013 | From www.theguardian.com
Film director Zhang Yimou apologises for breaching China's one-child policy The acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou has admitted he and his wife have three children, after authorities summoned his agent amid speculation he had violated China's one-child policy and fathered seven children.

In a statement posted on the verified Weibo account of Zhang's office late on Sunday, the director of epics Hero and House of Flying Daggers apologised for his actions.

He said he was co-operating with family planning authorities in the eastern city of Wuxi and would accept any punishment.

"Zhang Yimou and his wife Chen Ting confirm that they have two sons and a daughter," the Weibo post read. "For the negative consequences of my actions, I would like to express to the public my heart-felt apologies."

The official Xinhua news agency reported last week that Wuxi authorities would question Zhang's agent after the director went missing.

In May, online reports surfaced that Zhang, who staged the dazzling Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in 2008, had at least seven children and could be liable for a 160m yuan (16m) fine, Xinhua said....
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