From L-R, China’s Tang Wei, Hong Kong’s Maggie Cheung, Taiwan’s Shu Qi, and Chinese diving star Guo Jingjing sat together at the celebration of the 55th anniversary of a clothing brand. Maggie Cheung and Tang Wei, both proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese and English conversed like old friends and Shu Qi who kept coughing as if she had a cold whispered to Guo Jingjing nonstop. Despite this high possibility of contracting a cold Guo Jingjing kept talking right back, and the two just kept talking incessantly.
That’s probably not how the conversation went but who knows?
On a more serious note, this was the first time that Tang Wei has appeared at public event since being banned by SARFT China’s review board for films from acting for five years, earlier this year. SARFT has done quite a few dumb things but this banning takes the cake. Lust Caution was shown in China. You’d think if Tang Wei was banned for showing either appearing naked or for representing a traitor that they wouldn’t show the film. It’s just one of the inexplicable decisions that make people scratch their heads and think what the heck is wrong with China’s film industry? Will Chinese entertainment forever be controlled by this idiotic board of people? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, lives go on, and people find a way around these stupid rules. Chinese entertainment is getting more open but whenever the film industry moves two steps forward it takes a step back so its slow. Like one article said, “I have rarely seen a governing and “communications” structure as consistent in hiding the good sides and highlighting the bad.” The banning accomplished nothing except make China’s film board look like douches.