China’s Censorship Syndrome
From The Australian:
Activists and people in the film industry are now beginning to take up her cause on commercial, artistic and legal grounds.
Lust, Caution was made chiefly in Shanghai by Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee, and applauded by many Asian critics as a masterpiece. But China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television insisted that seven minutes – essentially, a sex scene with Tang and the male lead, played by Hong Kong actor Tony Leung – be removed, and Lee himself did the editing.
The film has nevertheless been a massive hit since its theatre release in China, and has become the second biggest ticket seller after Titanic, earning $42 million. Thousands of mainland Chinese travelled to Hong Kong to watch the uncut version, helping make it the most popular Chinese language film of the past year.