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From Guardian Unlimited:

For a director who has just been slapped with a five-year film-making ban, (娄烨) appears remarkably unperturbed as he describes how he was hauled before the Chinese censors last Friday for a dressing-down that made headlines around the world. "I thought there would be some trouble, though not this bad," he says. "When I heard their decision, I couldn't help a bitter smile. It was the same thing that happened to me in the past, the same thing that many directors have experienced. I bet even the official who made the announcement was bored."

Punishment can hardly have been unexpected. Lou has had two previous films banned. His first film Weekend Lover, which was banned for two years and then released, and Suzhou River(苏州河), which is still prohibited.[Full Text]

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