WTF - Director Zhang Yimou Fined $1.2 Million for Breaking China's One Child Policy

The celebrated director has 30 days to pay his penalty for breaching the country's longstanding family planning laws by having three children.

China has fined director Zhang Yimou $1.2 million for violating the country's one-child policy.

In December, Zhang publicly admitted to fathering three children with his wife, actress Chen Ting.

The family planning bureau in Wuxi city of Jiangsu province sent Zhang a letter mandating the "social maintenance fee," according to a post on the office's Weibo account.

The fine for breaking China's one-child law, instituted in the 1970s to control China's booming population, is pegged according to the parents' income. According to the family planning office, the couple made $580,000 in 2000, 2003 and 2005, the years their children were born.