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China's Director of the Year Gets Censored

Acceptance Speech Was Partly [Bleeped]

Feng Xiaogang is one of the most famous Chinese directors (e.g. Aftershock) and has been called the Chinese Spielberg. A few days ago, he received the award "Director of the Year" and took the advantage to speak his mind about the country's film censorship during his acceptance speech:

Feng Xiaogang: "In the past 20 years, every China director faced a great torment and that torment is [censorship]. A lot of times when you receive the order [from the censors], it's so ridiculous that you don't know whether to laugh or cry, especially when you know something is good and you are forced to change it into something bad. Are Hollywood directors tormented the same way? ... To get approval, I have to cut my films in a way that makes them bad. How did we all persist through it all? I think there is only one reason -- that this bunch of fools like us love filmmaking -- are entranced by filmmaking -- too much." (Chinese translation by The Atlantic)

That speech surprised some people in the audience but was generally received with warm applause. But they got the uncensored version. The TV airing of the speech was cut. Fortunately, that doesn't really have that much success. The censorship applied to the speech about censorship was a hot topic the following days and heavily discussed in the Chinese social networks. And everyone knew what was going on.

Release: Apr 29, 2013 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: The Atlantic

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