Zhang Yimou Sues Hong Kong Film Company

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Zhang Yimou is China's most celebrated film director.

The veteran Chinese director demands Beijing New Pictures pay $2.4 million that he says the company owes him for 2009 release "A Simple Noodle Story."

Chinese director Zhang Yimou is suing Hong Kong-based production house Beijing New Pictures Co. for failing to pay him money that he claims he is owed for 2009's A Simple Noodle Story.

Zhang is looking for $2.4 million (15 million RMB) from the studio, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency

Zhang alleges that Beijing New Pictures and himself had signed an agreement in 2009 to equally share revenues minus promotion costs for A Simple Noodle Story but he never received the money. The lawsuit follows Chinese media reports say that Zhang and Beijing New Pictures terminated their decade long relationship in 2012. 

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Achieving global fame as the creative director of the epic opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zhang is China's most high profile director helming global hits such as Hero, House of  Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower. Zhang also directed the lush wartime drama Flowers of War starring Christian Bale in 2011, the most expensive Chinese film ever made with a reported budget of $94 million.

Coming next from Zhang is the eagerly anticipated period drama Coming Home starring Chen Daomeng and Gong Li. Coming Home is scheduled to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival.