Another Star in Prison: Chinese Celebrity Mo Zhang caught with drugs

 

Trending on Sina Weibo on July 31, 2014: Chinese actor Mo Zhang caught with drugs again. Award-winning actor Mo Zhang (张默), who is known for his roles in, amongst others, Let the Bullets Fly (让子弹飞) and Back to 1942 (一九四二), has been arrested in Beijing for possession of drugs. Mo Zhang is the son of famous actor and producer Guoli Zhang, who also played in Back to 1942. 

On the morning of July 31st, a Weibo user who was later confirmed to be the editor of the South China Morning Post, announced that Zhang was detained for illegal drug use. The news was later confirmed by the Beijing police. This is the second time the actor is arrested for drug use; he was arrested in 2012 for the possession of marijuana. His father Guoli Zhang gave an official statement at the time, expressing his grief over his son’s drug use and conveying his support for the Beijing police in their fight against illegal substances. Mo Zhang was detained for 13 days. It has not yet been reported how long the actor will be incarcerated this time.

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The arrest of Mo Zhang sparked the amusement of many microbloggers who could add another name to the list of recently imprisoned celebrities. Since the 2014 arrests of  Li Daimo, Huang Haibo, Ning Caishen, Zhang Yuan, Zhang Yaoyuan, Guo Meimei and He Shengdong (see list below), netizens have spoofed the famous 1987 action-movie Prison on Fire (监狱风云): instead of the original movie poster, the movie is now jokingly starring all imprisoned stars such as Zhang Yaoyang and Guo Meimei, with the main lead for Huang Haibo and Ning Caishen.

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List of Chinese celebrities who have been arrested in 2014:

Singer 李代沫 Li Daimo, arrested in March 2014 for possession of drugs.

Actor and singer 黄海波 Huang Haibo, arrested in May 2014 for visiting a prostitute.

Playwright 宁财神 Ning Caishen, arrested in June 2014 for possession of drugs.

Director 张元 Zhang Yuan, arrested in June 2014 for possession of drugs.

Hong-Kong actor and model 张耀扬 Zhang Yaoyang arrested in July 2014 for possession of drugs and visiting a prostitute.

Social media celebrity 郭美美 Guo Meimei, arrested in July 2014 for illegal gambling (see our article about this incident).

Actor 何盛东 He Shengdong, arrested in July 2014 for possession of drugs.

 

– by Manya Koetse

 

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