Tang starrer 'Hennessy' passes state censors

BEIJING — Chinese thesp Tang Wei, blacklisted at home for her steamy role in Ang Lee’s erotic spy thriller “Lust, Caution,” will return to the screen in China after her latest pic passed the mainland censors.

The Ivy Ho helmed “Crossing Hennessy” has cleared Chinese censors, a spokeswoman for Hong Kong shingle Edko Films said, but a release date in China hasn’t been set yet. It will bow in Hong Kong April 1.

China’s top regulator of the biz, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) blacklisted Tang three years ago, and also pulled a cold-cream commercial she made.

A heavily edited version of “Lust, Caution” was released in China but the movie seemingly angered senior officials in China because it supposedly glorifies traitors.

Playing Wang Jiazhi in “Lust, Caution” was Tang’s big break and she won rave reviews for her assured performance in the erotic drama that unfolds during Japan’s occupation of Shanghai in the 1940s.

A graduate of the Beijing Central Academy of Drama, she played a policewoman on CCTV Movie Channel for which she won domestic kudos, but was generally not well known.

Since her blacklisting she has become a Hong Kong resident. “Crossing Hennessy,” in which she stars opposite veteran Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung, is her first role since she fell foul of the Beijing powers-that-be.

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