‘Wuxia film mogul,’ 73, tears up at 31-year-younger wife’s pregnancy check-up

By Nhu Anh   April 25, 2024 | 03:10 pm PT
At 73, director Zhang Jizhong, renowned as the “wuxia film mogul” of China, was moved to tears during a pregnancy check-up for his 42-year-old wife when he saw their unborn child via ultrasound.
Chinese director Zhang Jizhong, his wife Du Xinglin, and their children. Photo from Zhangs Weibo

Chinese director Zhang Jizhong, his wife Du Xinglin, and their children. Photo from Zhang's Weibo

Zhang’s wife Du Xinglin shared on social media on Wednesday that this pregnancy brought more anxiety than her previous three due to her age, necessitating comprehensive examinations and careful monitoring of her diet and medications.

Du noted that Zhang accompanies her to every ultrasound appointment to observe the fetus and listen to the doctor’s explanation of the baby’s health. He carefully records the doctor’s recommendations as well.

Four months into the pregnancy, Du revealed that Zhang cried in the clinic out of happiness when he heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, reassured by the doctor’s confirmation that the baby was developing normally.

Du expressed her satisfaction with having another child in her 40s, confident that her husband would help equally with the childcare responsibilities. She shared that Zhang has been taking exceptional care of her, always stopping his work immediately whenever she needs him. He frequently prepares fruit for her and provides foot massages, she said.

These supportive actions have eased her stress as she has three young children—one from a previous relationship and two with Zhang—to take care of while expecting another baby amidst a hectic schedule.

Du thus often reflects on her relationship, thinking: "It’s wonderful to have him as a husband."

Zhang is famous for his film adaptations of classic wuxia novels by the esteemed author Jin Yong, including titles such as "The Smiling, Proud Wanderer," "The Legend of the Condor Heroes," "Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils," "The Return of the Condor Heroes," "Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber," and "The Deer and the Cauldron."

In addition to his directorial achievements, Zhang has performed supporting roles in several of these adaptations.

He and Du have been married for seven years and have recently become popular through their live streams, where they sell a variety of products.

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