Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Brokeback China

More on the relationship of Chinese culture to Brokeback Mountain:
Entertainment News Article | "BEIJING (Hollywood Reporter) - 'Oscar honour brings joy to Chinese' read a front-page headline of Tuesday's China Daily, after 'Brokeback Mountain' director Ang Lee became what the state-run paper called 'the glory of Chinese cinematic talent.'

But Lee's film about romance between two men -- which made him the first Asian to win the best director Oscar -- is not likely to screen in China, industry critics say, and has turned the Taiwan-born filmmaker into something of a political football.

'China's a socialist country and, like in the Soviet Union before us, many subjects cannot break through in this system,' said Cui Zi'en, an openly gay filmmaker and professor at the Beijing Film Academy."

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