Lust Lost In (Beijing’s) Translation – Kent Ewing

From Asia Times:

It is ironic that Beijing’s latest campaign to turn the world’s most populous country into a sexless nation coincides with the release across Asia of Ang Lee’s award-winning film, Lust, Caution, which takes eroticism to new heights in Chinese-language cinema.

While Lee’s co-stars – veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and film ingenue Tang Wei from the mainland – engage in sexual calisthenics for packed audiences in cinema houses throughout the region, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is busy banning advertisements for women’s underwear. The problem, it seems, is the targeted lingerie’s provocative selling point: propping up sagging tops and reining in expanding middles. [Full Text]


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