Lou Ye

Hollywood, China, & Freedom to Blow Up Tiananmen

While China may have finally scaled the highest pinnacle of international literary acclaim, no such triumph is on the cards atop tonight’s glittering pile of Oscars. Didi Kirsten Tatlow at IHT Rendezvous wonders why, when...

Indie Filmmakers and the “Dragon Seal”

Critics claim that the Chinese state’s control over and censorship of the film industry has stifled profits and creativity. Today the Los Angeles Times reports more indie filmmakers, such as Yang Jin, are looking for the...

Video: Trailer of the Banned Film – “Summer Palace”

From SFIAAFF: A heady and emotionally charged chronicle of the short-lived sexual and political idealism which swept through Beijing in the late ’80s, Lou Ye’s (®ÑÁÉ®) fourth feature marks a stunning new direction for Chinese cinema. Certainly the most erotic and sexually explicit film to come from mainland China, SUMMER PALACE is ground-breaking in its […]

Camera obscured – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited: For a director who has just been slapped with a five-year film-making ban, Lou Ye(®ÑÁÉ®) 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 […]

Chinese director ‘given film ban’ – BBC News

From BBC News: Director Lou Ye(®ÑÁÉ®) has been banned from making films in China for five years for submitting an entry for the Cannes festival without government approval. Lou entered romance Summer Palace for competition without clearing it with China’s censors, state media reported. The film, which features explicit sex scenes, takes place around the […]

Reading the “Summer Palace” at Cannes controversy through Chinese press coverage – Brian Chan

From China Media Project (link): Fang Li, producer: “It’s not necessary for a record of the film’s recommendation [for the Palm d’Or] to be made [with SARFT] because the recommendation was made by the film’s foreign distributor, Wild Bunch, and not a mainland producer.” (The Mirror, Ê≥ïÂà∂ÊôöÊä•, May 15) Nai An (•àÂÆâ), producer: “We will […]

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