Friday, February 03, 2006
Oh no, not again!
China's banning spree continues. The latest victim is Rob Marshall's cinematic adaptation of the Arthur Golden bestseller Memoirs of a Geisha. This time, the government is not playing big daddy. It is banning the movie to protect the Chinese from "memories of Japanese wartime aggression towards mainland women."
How are the two related, you ask? Well, the Chinese look upon geishas not as courtesans but prostitutes and the movie is likely to refresh memories of horrific sexual abuses that Chinese women suffered at the hands of Japanese aggressors during the second world war.
The movie has been in controversy for some time now. In fact, the use of Chinese actresses for Japanese roles had caused much heartburn in Japan.
The movie seems to be generating all the wrong noises. It didn't manage to earn itself a single decent Oscar nod this week.
Back to the topic, Google, take heart. There are other victims too!