Re: Banned Chinese films

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Wed, 2 Oct 2002 17:37:01 -0700 (PDT)

Just curious what the titles are since the few films I know of which are
banned in China are actually available in the US. I am honestly aware of the
Chinese Government "banning" that many movies as they just don't let them
get made in the first place. We distribute THE BLUE KITE which is one of the
few films I know of that was at least partly financed by the Government and
then banned.
Are you sure these films are "banned" or just not available release in the
US. The vast majority of Chinese films DON'T get distributed in legal video
in the US but for more mundane reasons of rights & value. I would be very
surprised if there were that many mainland Chinese films that were "banned"

Anyway would love to see a list of these films

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Jessica Rosner
Kino International
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jrosner@kino.com

> From: "Marcia M. Parsons" <marcia@mail.utexas.edu> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu > Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 14:04:58 -0700 (PDT) > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Subject: Re: Banned Chinese films > > Hi Sara, I'm on this list, and I would go for it. We had a case, years ago > about Cuba's music, with the same decision. Marcia > > > > At 01:50 PM 10/2/02 -0700, you wrote: >> Hello Videolibbers, >> >> I'd love to hear your opinions about this situation.... >> >> My colleague, our Chinese Studies librarian, is very interested in adding >> several Chinese film titles to the collection, all of which have been >> banned by the Chinese government. No "legal" copies are therefore >> available for purchase; however, she's located a vendor (based in the US) >> who has pirated copies of these titles for sale. >> >> We would both very much like to add these titles to the collection, not >> least because faculty are clamoring for them, and research interest in them >> on campus is extensive. The fact that the films have been banned for >> political reasons, and that the filmmakers themselves may very well welcome >> the wider distribution of these films, is also encouraging me to take a >> risk in this case--but the issues involved are obviously complex. (I could >> make a crack about the Chinese government's notorious lack of attention to >> US copyright law, but I shouldn't....) Frankly, copyright seems a small >> consideration compared to the larger issues at hand. A few of the titles >> are below, in case any of you know Chinese. What would YOU do?! Thanks >> for any words of wisdom, >> >> Sara >> >> Xiao wu >> Wu shan yun yu >> Dong gong xi gong >> Gui zi lai le >> >> >> Sara Seten Berghausen >> Librarian for Literature & Theater Studies, Interim Film/Video Librarian >> sara@duke.edu >> >> Reference Department, 113 Perkins Library, Box 90175 >> 919-660-5881, Fax 919-684-2855 >> 108 Lilly Library, Box 90725 >> 919-660-5886, Fax 919-660-5999 >> Duke University Libraries >> Durham, NC 27708 >