Vanished China star Fan Bingbing last in 'social responsibility' ranking

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 14, 2018

Bingbing has previously been seen in Melbourne alongside Hugh Jackman for her role in X-Men.

There are now rumours that she has fallen foul of the Chinese authorities, and may even have been arrested and detained for tax evasion. The 36-year-old actress has not been photographed in public since early May, when she posed on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of Ash Is Purest White.

Bingbing topped China's 2017 celebrity earning list according to Forbes China but in the recent Social Responsibility Report, compiled by Beijing Normal University and the state-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Corporate Social Responsibility Research Institute, she scored zero; only nine celebrities scored above 60, the passing grade.

The report, which was widely covered by state media, didn't shed any more light on Fan's predicament, but it does add to the sense that China's Communist Party is sending a message to the country's burgeoning entertainment industry.

"What kind of a report is this?"

Other news outlets have for months speculated on Fan's whereabouts, and rumours circulated that she was living under house arrest, according to The Epoch Times, a USA newspaper focusing on China.

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Now, a report in China's state-sponsored newspaper Securities Daily has alleged that she has been put "under control" and would "accept the legal judgement". It was also a marked contrast to her fiance - Chinese actor Li Chen - who ranked high on the list at seven with a score of 61.8. The report also said that the power woman would face a bleak future. Fan has denied wrongdoing and a representative for her studio could not be reached for comment.

In May, news anchor Cui Yongyuan of the formerly state-run CCTV reported an accusation that Bingbing had been using "yin-yang contracts" to evade taxes.

However, the scandal reportedly spurred investigations into "Yin-Yang contracts", where two contracts are used for the same job, as China's media regulators have been working to limit top actors' earnings to prevent "money worship" and focus on the film industry's "social benefits". Fan has not been seen out in public since July 1st of this year, where she made an appearance at a children's hospital. In June, five government agencies enforced a cap of film star pay, saying that on-screen performers' salaries should be capped at 40 per cent of the total production costs.

Last month, almost a dozen major Chinese film producers and video sites announced they also would boycott "unreasonable" pay for actors.

Bingbing had been cast in upcoming all-female spy thriller "355" but it's not known if she will be available for filming given her current circumstances.

There is speculation that Fan Bingbing, one of the most popular Chinese actresses in the world, is missing.

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