The search for ‘Oscar’ continues

12 Sep

One of China’s ways of winning international cultural respect is by having one of its movies win an Oscar but judging from this article it won’t happen anytime soon. It’s not that there are no good movies, but sometimes the good ones are not even allowed to be shown publicly in theaters. Then, official censorship means the movies that do get shown are tamed down and stripped of anything that suggests dissent or disharmony in the nation and with the government. In case you’re wondering, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won it in 2000 but for Taiwan, where director Ang Lee is from. Needless to say, Lee’s other Oscar wins have also caused some embarrassment and mixed feelings in China.


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