“Lust, Caution” actress banned in China!
Boohoo! The Chinese government is certainly not going modern with all the banning they do *shakes head* The latest victim? “Lust, Caution” star Tang Wei! She has been banned in the Chinese media because of the sexual nature of her performance in director Ang Lee’s steamy drama movie. An internal memo from China’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) was reportedly sent to all television stations and print media in China on Thursday night, stating that a new television commercial starring Tang for skin care brand Pond’s was to cease broadcast immediately. All print ads and feature content using the actress also were to be pulled. The memo gave no reason for the ban. Tang’s deal with Pond’s is worth a reported 6 million yuan ($843,000). Wow, that’s a lot of money! Down the drain? We shall see..
“Lust, Caution” is 28-year-old Ms. Tang’s first major film, and both audiences and critics lauded her for holding her own, particularly given the intense nature of the sexual scenes with co-star Tony Leung Chiu-wai. The movie reportedly upset China’s central government, where top officials were said to have criticized the film’s content as “glorification of traitors and insulting to patriots.” SARFT also informed all major film and broadcast entities and governing bodies that it was renewing prohibitions on “lewd and pornographic content” and content that “show promiscuous acts, rape, prostitution, sexual intercourse, sexual perversity, masturbation and male/female sexual organs and other private parts.”