Memoirs of Geisha banned in China

Zhang Ziyi, Memoirs of GeishaMemoirs of Geisha banned in China, not for any explicit contents but very much due to political reasons. The Chinese authorities felt that the film could create controversy as 2 of the main Japanese character are potray by China actress Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li.

China and Japan is still in a mixed relationship as large group of Chinese still cannot forgive the violence of Japanese during the the Japanese occupation in China in the 1930s. The fact that various Japan (government) organizations are still trying to deny their war crime during that period only worsen the relationship.

To add more salt to the wound, some Chinese felt insulted by the role played by Zhang Ziyi as a Japanese Geisha who embraced Japanese man.

It’s pity when political reasons and hatred interfere with art and entertainment, I believe people should see the movie with more open minded and view it from a performance perspective.

Btw Golden Globe winner and Oscar favorite Brokeback Mountain was also banned in China, well for a more direct reason as gay relationship is still pretty much forbidden in the region.