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Filmmaker Zhang Yimou pays one-child policy fine

Film director Zhang Yimou Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Zhang Yimou is known for films such as "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers''.

One of China's most well-known film directors has paid a 7.5m yuan ($1.2m; £700,000) fine after admitting to breaching China's one-child policy.

Zhang Yimou, 63, and his wife Chen Ting, 32, first admitted to having two sons and a daughter in December.

The size of the fine was based partly on the couple's income, China's Xinhua news agency said.

Zhang's most famous films include Hero, House of Flying Daggers and the The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale.

He also directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics.

Officials in the eastern city of Wuxi said that their family planning office had received the money in a lump-sum, and that the payment would go directly to the state treasury.

China's "one-child" policy has been enforced since 1979, but not all Chinese couples are subject to the restriction.

Rural families are allowed to have two children, but only if the first child is a girl.

Also, families in which one parent is an only child are allowed to have two children.

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