Chinese gov’t hints at possible movie crackdown

Statement singles out pics for censure

Chinese pics have too much swearing, focus too much on divorce and love affairs and are generally not good for the nation’s moral health, biz people have been told in a statement from the Propaganda Ministry.

A document read out by management at production companies and other areas of the industry to biz employees said contemporary movies did not show the true spirit of the Chinese people and tougher regulations were needed, which industry sources are reading as a signal for the possible start of a further crackdown on movie freedom.

No copies of the statement text were available, which were given to senior biz figures with instructions that they should be read out but not distributed among staff. Sources said the document had been endorsed by the Propaganda ministry, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), the head of state broadcaster CCTV and the Film Bureau, the sources said.

The comments are in line with President Hu Jintao’s stated aim of creating a “harmonious society”.

The statement singled out a number of films for censure, including “Cellphone” by Feng Xiaogang, helmer of “The Banquet”.

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