Oliver Stone and Fan Bingbing interprets “The World is Flat”

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When two-time Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone was invited for a photoshoot of iLOOK’s issue titled “The World is flat,” he requested to work with a Chinese actress that he admired, and sent her picture to the editor-in-chief Hong Huang. That actress was Fan Bingbing.

Fan Bingbing stated that she wants to film movies about the beauty of China: not necessarily martial arts movies, but definitely not movies that are derogratory toward Asian females. She says that through her movies and acting, she can let the work understand, respect and admire Chinese culture.
iLOOK: What type of director do you think he (Oliver Stone) is?
Fan Bingbing: He’s a very powerful director. After watching his movies, you’re let with a lot to thing about. “Natural Born Killers” is a direct clash with the inner mind. Deep inside, everyone has a bit of rebellion, rashness; humans all have a sharp edge. His movies kept that sort of power, and I think that’s impressive.
iLOOK: How do you interpret the phrase “The world is flat?”
Fan Bignbing: Whe first hearing the phrase, “the world is flat,” I think though it sounds simple, it’s very reflective of the energetic and powerful Chinese society now. Our generation is very lucky. With enthusiastive hard-wrok and giving, the world and us will become closer and closer.

source: Sina

7 thoughts on “Oliver Stone and Fan Bingbing interprets “The World is Flat”

  1. “Fan Bingbing stated that she wants to film movies about the beauty of China…….. definitely not movies that are derogratory toward Asian females.”

    So true, in the eyes of gay-bi metrosexual Hollywood, the “beauty of China” usually meant to put both Chinese men and women in compromising and embarrassing positions……… it’s the lowly superiority complex of white-male chauvinism, which include the outright exclusion of Chinese/Asian actors from their righteous places: i.e. Last Airbender, Dragonball Z, etc.

  2. That’s interesting, Billy. I’m kind of busy in China to really ponder about what it means, but SARFT moves slow so I didn’t expect major changes soon.

  3. more about the ratings system

    China Completes Motion Picture Law, Banning Porn, Violence Contents
    2009-02-07 09:30:53 Xinhua Web Editor: Yang Yang

    Chinese authorities have completed drafting the country’s long-discussed motion picture industry law which includes a movie rating system, a government official said.

    “A film rating system is very essential in China, but it will not allow to screen movies rated Level Three,” Tong Gang, director of Motion Picture Bureau with the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) was quoted as saying by a report on Web site of Ministry of Culture.

    Level Three, or III, is one of the three-tier ratings used for movies containing sex or violent contents in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. No one under 18 years old is permitted to rent, purchase or watch such a film in movie theater.

    A movie rating system in China has been discussed for years since the people have begun to enjoy an increasing number imported films and a booming domestic film market.

    The system was expected to launch in 2005 as a part of the draft law, but the National People’s Congress, top legislature, had not passed such a law.

    The director said the draft of the law had recently been finished and was submitted by the SARFT to the State Council, China’s cabinet. He did not reveal that whether the NPC’s annual session this year would review or approve the draft law.

    “The government has been conducting discussion, investigation and opinion solicitation to establish a rating system,” Tong said, “but our system will be definitely different from those in other countries or regions.”

    Tong said he had supported a movie rating system in China when he was interviewed by a TV program in Singapore and he expressed a will to take Hong Kong’s rating system as a reference during a visit to the SAR.

    “However, my utterance has been over explained and even distorted by some media reports,” Tong said.

    “A rating system in China will not mean that we will allow depictions of porn or violence in the movies for sales and screen,” he said.

    Without a rating system in the movie industry, the SARFT censors all domestic or imported movies applying for public sales or screening in China by issuing licenses for movies that do not contain politically sensitive contents.

    Even the homegrown movie director Zhang Yimou has failed censorship standards for his production To Live in 1994, which contains content depicting the Cultural Revolution. It was mostly rated PG in overseas markets.

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