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'Three-child' director hit by fine

Chinese film director Zhang Yimou and his wife have paid more than 1.2 million US dollars (£730,000) in fines for having three children in violation of China's strict family planning rules.

Mr Zhang and Chen Ting made the lump sum payment to the family planning office in the eastern city of Wuxi.

Rumours became public last year that he had fathered more children than allowed by China's family-size policy that limits most urban families like his to one child. He agreed in December to co-operate with a government investigation.

Mr Zhang is one of China's best-known directors with films such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

He also designed the opulent opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

AP

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