Director Zhang Yimou sought over 'violation' of China's one-child policy Officials unable to track down creator of 2008 Olympics ceremony amid claims of multiple children by several women Zhang Yimou directs Christian Bale in The Flowers of War. China's family planning authorities are pursuing the acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou for allegedly violating the country's one-child policy but have been unable to track him down, according to China's official newswire. Officials in the central city of Wuxi began investigating the 62-year-old director of Hero and To Live after rumours surfaced online in May that he had fathered seven children with four women, Xinhua reported Yet the officials have reportedly failed to contact Zhang and his wife, Chen Ting, who is from Wuxi. If the allegations were held to be true, Zhang could owe the government 160m yuan (Â£16.3m) in fines, state-run media reported in May. "Concerning the revelation that Zhang Yimou and Chen Ting are suspected of violating family planning rules, population planning officials have highly prioritised the case," an unnamed representative of the city's family planning committee told the newswire. The committee has enlisted other government departments in the investigation, reached out to Chen's family, sent more than 10 letters to the couple via film production companies, and dispatched a team to Beijing. But, the representative said: "Really, at this point, we haven't received any satisfactory reply." Attempts to contact the committee were unsuccessful. Zhang rose to fame in the 1990s with a string of sweeping, visually striking dramas; more recently, he directed the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He is currently filming a new historical drama called Return. Production began in Beijing in September. Last Friday, authorities revealed plans to further relax the one-child policy, which already allows certain demographic subgroups to have multiple children. Violators are often forced to pay enormous fines, euphemistically called "social maintenance fees". Unequal enforcement of the law has aroused widespread public indignation. In the countryside, violations can lead to human rights abuses such as sterilisations and forced abortions. Yet many wealthy urban families are known to skirt round the policy by paying reduced fines or simply by having their children abroad. Wuxi's family planning authorities must find Zhang before calculating a possible fine, according to Xinhua. "The numbers that were spreading online aren't accurate," the representative said. The committee added that it respected the couple's right to privacy, and that without Zhang's consent it was unable to reveal some of its findings. BIGFlix - Watch Movies Online | Hindi Movies | Tamil Movies | Telugu Movies | Malayalam| Download Movies | Bollywood on Demand across PC, Mobile, iPad, iPhone and Android **************************************************************** This chap has made a mockery of the Chinese One Child Policy and none can nab him as he thumbs a snook at the Communist Chinese Dynasty. Xi must be Jumping! Imagine seven children from four women. The man must be a sex machine who cares a damn about China and must be finding the Chinese Communists to be foolish bunch! No wonder that unequal enforcement of the law has aroused widespread public indignation. There can't be two interpretation of the same law for two different set of social system in China. The common man is rightfully inflamed that they have to keep their libido in check, while others go aflame! How stupid it is that in the countryside, violations can lead to human rights abuses such as sterilisations and forced abortions. Yet many wealthy urban families are known to skirt round the policy by paying reduced fines or simply by having their children abroad. I thought China was the Peoples Republic of China. How is it that is for some People and not ALL People's Republic?