A spoof hits China’s Web – and a star is born – Robert Marquand

From the Christian Science Monitor (link):

An underground video sweeping Chinese cyberspace has half the country cracking up.

Titled “A Murder Caused by Mantou,” the video is a spoof of a new film, “The Promise,” by famed director Chen Kaige.

Using satiric elements similar to Monty Python and the Simpsons, the spoof has flooded cyberspace in unanticipated and unstoppable waves. And in a culture where there is scant public lampooning, the video has brought intense debates, smiles – and serious threats of legal action.

Mr. Chen, of “Farewell My Concubine” fame, directed “The Promise” at a cost of $44 million, the most expensive film ever made in China.

“A Murder Caused By Mantou” can be downloaded via Massage Milk.

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