Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, November 29, 2004 at 3:56 PM
The China Daily often takes articles from other websites without permission, but usually the websites belong to local magazines or bloggers. Today, the state-owned newspaper goes up a level and reproduces an entire New York Times article -- a review of Zhang Yimou's film House of Flying Daggers. Even the images are reproduced.
The Times piece is about something that no-one in China seemed to notice: that House of Flying Daggers is kinda kinky:
In "Daggers," Jin spies on the bathing Mei (A virgin? Who knows?). Mei realizes he is there, and lets him know she knows. And she lets him continue watching, a lead-up to steamy smooching session that made at least one knowledgeable viewer say he wanted to "leave the theater to give them some privacy."
New York Times article found via Ellen Sander's Crackpot Chronicles blog which is a quirky mixture of liberal American commentary and China related stuff. Go to Ellen's homepage here for the full strength poetry / 1960s hippie and rocker crackpot experience.
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