China stands by its ban

Helmer punished for failing to secure OK from gov

Top Chinese censors said the decision to ban young helmer Lou Ye from making films for five years would have a positive effect on the Chinese film industry. Lou is being punished for failing to secure official approval for his Palme d’Or candidate “Summer Palace.”

“According to the law, we must punish people who release their films without adhering to the censorship regulations. We believe our measures will accelerate the development of the Chinese film industry,” Zhao Shi, deputy head of the State Administration of Radio, Film & TV, told a news conference in Beijing.

Lou was banned earlier this month after he took “Summer Palace” to the Cannes Film Festival in May without official approval for its general release from Sarft.

Romance set against the backdrop of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests features explicit sex scenes.

Lou had previously been banned for his previous pic, the critically acclaimed “Suzhou River.”

“As each country has its film administrative regulations and system based on its own situation, China also has its film permission system. All films allowed to make public releases must get through the censorship,” Zhao said.

Pic fell afoul of Chinese laws that prohibit films from going “against the constitution and imposing bad influence on youngsters.”

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