Men Star Fan Bingbing May Be Missing

Fan Bingbing Marion Cotillard Jessica Chastain Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o pose on a pier during the

Fan Bingbing Marion Cotillard Jessica Chastain Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o pose on a pier during the

China's best-paid film star, Fan Bingbing, has been given zero per cent "Social Responsibility" rating by Chinese authorities after she went missing recently.

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

It is the latest sign that the A-list actor, model and singer may have fallen foul of the authorities, with rumours that she has been detained for tax evasion.

Independent film critic Jiang Yong, based in Beijing, said Bingbing was the face of film, television and commercials in China.

Other celebrities featured by the list included Kung Fu actor Jackie Chan who ranked 42nd and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" actress Zhang Ziyi who was placed 48th.

The study comes amid a wider push by China's Communist leaders to crackdown on the entertainment industry and curb what it sees as "promoting money worship", "distorting social values" and "misleading young people to blindly chase celebrities".

"What kind of a report is this?"

Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o pose on a pier during the photocall for the film "355" at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 10, 2018.

There has been speculation about Fan's whereabouts since reports emerged that she had taken "under the table" payments. Then came the celebrity-ranking report in which Fan ranked last, with just nine of the 100 celebrities reviewed on their work, philanthropy, and personal integrity deemed to be "socially responsible".

A statement released by Fan's studio said she was the victim of "slander" but did not dispute the authenticity of the documents. However, those reports were mysteriously retracted, adding to the mystery of where Fan could be.

So-called "yin and yang" dual contract arrangements ― with one contract for income declared to tax authorities and another kept secret ― are reportedly used to evade taxes.

Fan, who is known in the West for playing Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past and appearing in I Am Not Madame Bovary, has been at the centre of swirling rumours involving a flit to the United States and being placed "under control" by the Chinese authorities due to her unexplained absence.

Last week, China's state-run Securities Daily said that Fan was "under control, and will accept the legal decision", several news outlets, including Taiwan News, reported. Lead actors also can not command more than 70 per cent of total cast pay.

Although Fan was not mentioned by name, she has businesses registered in Jiangsu.

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