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 .

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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