By Beth Main.
Director Li Yu and cast members Huo Siyan and Fan Bingbing promote their film “Double Exposure” in Beijing on August 14, 2012. Image credit: Xinhua.
Chinese gossip blogs have linked rumours of a Chinese actress being assaulted by a top female director to actress Hou Siyan and Buddha Mountain director Li Yu.
The rumours first surfaced on Weibo that an actress, who recently starred in a ‘certain successful film’, reportedly filed a complaint of sexual assault at a Chaoyang police station; police are investigating the claim. These vague claims have led netizens to the conclusion that Li Yu and Hou Siyan are the most likely fit, particularly as Li Yu has previously been accused of having affairs with actresses in her films.
In March last year film critic Cheng Qingsong exposed Li Yu and Fan Bingbing’s supposed lesbian love affair after the success of the film Buddha Mountain. Fan Bingbing maintains that she is heterosexual whilst Li Yu is a self confessed bisexual, however Cheng Qingsong, who is openly gay, seems an unlikely candidate to make unfounded claims about others’ sexuality.
Li Yu’s first feature film Fish and Elephant is often described as China’s first film to deal with lesbianism in China. Her 2007 film Lost in Beijing was eventually banned by Chinese authorities in 2008.
Li Yu has recently directed both Hou Siyan and Fan Bingbing in her new feature film Double Xposure, due for domestic release on September 29. The film’s promotion has coincided with news of Fan Bingbing’s secret new boyfriend.