Zhang Yimou sues New Pictures for 15 million yuan

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese film director Zhang Yimou has filed a lawsuit against New Pictures film company, claiming he is owed 15 million yuan (2.4 million U.S. dollars), a court heard on Wednesday.

Zhang said New Pictures, a Hong Kong company and himself agreed to equally share revenues minus promotion costs of the film, A Simple Noodle Story, but he never received the money, according to the Beijing Dongcheng District People's Court.

Zhang said he had signed an agreement with New Pictures in 2009.

According to media reports, Zhang and New Pictures ended their decade-long cooperation in 2012.