Steamy Times Come to Chinese Films

27dagg.xlarge1 From the New York Times: “Early in ’s “House of Flying Daggers,” the hero, Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), unsheathes a sword to slice the buttons off a showgirl’s robe. This scandalizes onlookers despite the setting – a brothel. Later, the drunken Jin pulls the dancer to the ground, flips her over and tears her dress.

The scene is tame by Western standards; not much is revealed beyond shoulders and prettily disheveled hair. Still, Jin’s display of lust is an expression of a significant, if subtle change that is starting to brew in Chinese film: “Daggers,” which is being released in New York on Dec. 3 by Sony Pictures Classics, may be the first large-scale mainland Chinese movie to assert a frank, liberated approach to sex. And the Chinese government had no objections. ”

Thanks to Arthur Law for the link.

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