Posted by Joel Martinsen on Monday, September 4, 2006 at 5:00 PM
A sexy scene from Curiosity Kills the Cat
The fate of the new movie Curiosity Kills the Cat (好奇害死猫) was in limbo recently after negatives were confiscated when it was discovered that some of the film's sex scenes may have stepped over the line.
Par for the course in Chinese media regulation, right? Except that instead of the watchdogs at SARFT laying down the law, it was one Mr. Zhao, an employee at the Beijing Film Developing and Printing & Video Laboratory, who refused to print the film or return the negatives.
Yesterday's Mirror reports:
The situation was resolved on 1 September after discussions between the producers and the lab, so Cat, which stars Hu Jun, Carina Lau, and Song Jia, should still hit theaters in mid-October. The two sides also arrived at the following recommendation:
In more official censorship business, SARFT announced on Friday that it was disciplining director Lou Ye for taking his film Summer Palace to the Cannes festival without prior approval. Lou, together with producer Nai An, will be banned from filmmaking for five years under a 2002 regulation requiring certification before films may be screened [for competitions or festivals] outside of the country.
Yesterday's Mirror report did not reveal whether there will be a fine in addition to the ban; regulations allow for fines between 5 and 10 times illicit proceeds, and between 20,000 and 100,000 yuan for violations that do not make much money. As of the time of this post, only the Mirror and Nanning Evening News have reports on the matter, according to a Baidu news search.
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