The only daughter of renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou married an American in Beijing last year, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
Sources have confirmed that the director's 29-year-old daughter, Zhang Mo, wedded her long-time boyfriend in a private ceremony at Beijing's Pangu 7 Star Hotel, only inviting close family and friends.
Refuting rumors that the wedding only happened recently, the source said the low-key and casual ceremony actually took place during China's National Day holiday period in October last year. The bride reportedly gave a heartfelt speech in which she thanked her father for raising her and always giving his unconditional support.
Zhang Yimou, who is considered China's top director with credits including Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers, was said to have been initially against the union and had quarreled with his daughter many times over the cross-culture relationship. However, the groom eventually won him over after learning Mandarin and chopsticks, a source said.
Zhang Mo met her husband in the US while studying film at New York University on a recommendation from Taiwan-born director Ang Lee. The couple returned to China together in 2009 so she could work as a film editor on her father's screwball comedy, A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop. She has since worked as a director's assistant on her father's 2010 film The Love of the Hawthorn Tree and his 2011 film The Flowers of War, providing him with an international perspective and a reliable translator when working with foreign actors.
When asked by reporters, Zhang Yimou said his daughter has helped him a lot and that he was very satisfied with her work and extremely proud of her.
This is the second marriage for Zhang Mo, who is the product of Zhang Yimou's failed marriage to Xiao Hua. She previously married another American in Los Angeles in 2006 but divorced after reports emerged that her husband had been unfaithful.