Hong Kong - Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi has confirmed that she and film-maker Tsui Hark are divorced.
The film power couple have for years refused to be explicit about their marriage and there had been talk in 2008 that they had split up. But Shi told Ming Pao Daily by phone about the split: "It happened recently."
Hark was seen last month on a movie date with a woman, reportedly his assistant, in Taipei. Apple Daily photos showed the 30something woman fondling his face and Tsui with his arm around her shoulders. The newspaper said they met on the Internet while he was working on his 2011 movie The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate.
And Shi, 62, appeared to have known about it for some time. Asked if she is his girlfriend, Shi said calmly, "It's been on for a long time." Their split would not surprise many. There have been occasional reports over the years of Tsui, 64, being seen with other women. In 2012, Shi told The Straits Times in an interview: "We're not divorced but we have decided that we would have a business relationship rather than a personal relationship."
Ming Pao said the couple, who have no children together and who married in California in 1996, remain friends.
They are an institution in the Chinese film world. Since they set up their company Film Workshop in 1984, they have collaborated on numerous classics including Once Upon A Time In China, Chinese Ghost Story and the series A Better Tomorrow.
According to IMDb.com, their most recent movie on which Shi is credited as producer is last year's Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, which Tsui directed.
A statement from Tsui's publicity camp on Thursday said, "Where his personal matters are concerned, Tsui has his reasons and own way of handling them. They cannot all be explained."
This article was first published on July 05, 2014.
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