On social media

ZHANG YIMOU, THE SWEET HUBBY: Chen Ting, wife of Zhang Yimou, has shown a tender side to the acclaimed Chinese director on social media.

Chen, who turned 40 last Thursday, wrote in Chinese on Weibo: “Reaching 40, the age where I have no doubts. I firmly believe that everything you encounter will be gentle as long as you have love in your heart.”

The former dancer posted a photo of herself with Zhang, 71, and their daughter Yijiao, 14, with a large bouquet of flowers in front of them. She also posted a close-up shot of the flowers and a card with the words: “Happy birthday, laopo (wife in Mandarin).”

The couple, who married in 2011, have two other children – sons Yinan, 20, and Yiding, 17.

Zhang was in the news in 2013 after he admitted to flouting China’s then one-child policy by having three children. The policy has since been eased to allow couples to have three children.

Yinan has followed in his dad’s footsteps by venturing into the movie industry, winning Best Director, Best Music Score and Best In Show at the 2019 Shanghai Student Film Festival for his short film titled Over There.

Zhang, who directed the historical spy thriller Cliff Walkers (2021), released in April, has another daughter, Zhang Mo, with his ex-wife Xiao Hua. He directed the Korean War movie Sharpshooter, released in July, with Zhang Mo, 38.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2021, with the headline 'On social media'. Subscribe