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.


Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.