The Chinese film industry is, genuinely very accomplished movie production industry. This showbiz is having some successful movies on its kitty, including, “Hero”, “Enter the Dragon” and so on.
However, there are also a number of Chinese films that forbidden in the whole world from being it’s released even for a multiplicity reasons. Some of these movies have even won awards globally for it everlasting topic.
China is the second largest movie market apart from the United States. But still, if any Chinese movie wants to be hit then the film should need to secure a perfect release date in China. The films need to get approval from the government. If there will be anything wrong in the movies then it can be officially banned throughout Mainland in China.
So in the country some of the, it’s native films also suffered that fate to release. Anyway, the banning of the film “Lost In Beijing” in the country garner huge limelight and a public discussion among Chinese netizens. In fact, the Chinese film industry witnessed many forbidden films in its history.
These films either touch sensitive themes or went to attend international film festival without permission seeking permission from the government. The reason for the movie banned can be consists of so many reasons including, maybe the film are having adult content or the violent content.
Whatever it is the country witnesses so many controversial banned films in its history. In this article, the discussion of the forbidden films of China has been exploring.
The Top 10 Forbidden Chinese Cinemas:
1). Beijing Bicycle:
Beijing Bicycle is a Chinese drama movie helmed by Wang Xiaoshuai. The premiere of the movie took place at the Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February 2001; indeed the film blessed to win the prize of Jury Grand Prix, but eventually, the film was forbidden in China. The film was banned by State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television as the film was gone for the participating in the Berlin International Film Festival before taking approval for the same.
2). Devils on the Doorstep:
“Devils on the Doorstep” is a 2000 Chinese black comedy cinema directed by Jiang Wen. The film features Jiang himself in the title role alongside Kagawa Teruyuki. The film was shot in black and white and it was blessed to appear at the Grand Prix at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. It was banned in China for failing to highlight despite the film was had a high content.
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3). Suzhou River:
Suzhou River is a 2000 movie narrates the story about a tragic love which happened in the city Shanghai. The film stars Zhou Xun and Jia Hongsheng in the lead roles and the film also won prizes in several foreign film festivals, but it was not allowed to be released in China as the film went for the international film festivals before seeking permission from Chinese authorities.
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4). Seventeen Years:
Seventeen Years is a 1999 Chinese movie directed by Zhang Yuan features Li Bingbing in the lead role. The film was screened at several international film festivals also gifted to grace the 56th Venice Film Festival. This is a story about tolerance and love; which was beautifully portrayed in the movie. The film was forbidden to screen in China because of the country was at that time in the slanders socialism.
Mr. Zhao is a 1998 Chinese black comedy film directed by Lü Yue. Zhao was the story of a kind of man who was forced to choose between his mistress and wife as the situation compelled him to do so. The mistress was also pregnant with a man of his kid which was banned in the country.
Postman is a 1995 Chinese film which narrates the story of a shy postman who is engaged in stealing and reading people’s letter. While, doing it the postman get to know about some brutal truth of the society including, prostitution, suicide, homosexuality, drug abuse and other vicious contents, he imagines him to be a savior and tried to sort out these issues but he fails to do so.
The film was banned in the country as the director shot the film without permission of the authority and it was the only screen in the abroad.
To Live is a 1994 epic film directed by Zhang Yimou, the prominent Chinese actors Ge You and Gong Li were in the main lead. The movie was banned in mainland China as the film critical focus the various policies of the Chinese government.
8). East Palace, West Palace:
East Palace, West Palace is a 1996 Chinese cult classic helmed by the director Zhang Yuan with Hu Jun and Si Han as the leading roles. This is the first Mainland Chinese movie but it was banned in the country as the film was deal with the topic homosexuality. It has not been allowed to release as it was considered that the film can harm the socialist image and be on suspicion of that the film can corrupt the public opinion.
9). The Blue Kite:
The Blue Kite is a drama film released in 1993 directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. The film was banned by the authority as it was control of many political movements, including 1957 to 1959 Anti-Rightist Movement alongside Cultural Revolution.
10).Lost in Beijing:
Lost in Beijing is a 2007 Chinese film featuring Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Fan Bingbing and Tong Dawei in the lead role. The film was excluded in Mainland China as the film disclose darkest facts of the Chinese society which include sex scenes, prostitution, blackmail, and rape in modern-day Beijing.
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