According to Producer Fang Li, the ban states: "According to current regulations, your film needs further modifications and therefore is not allowed to go for the 57th Berlinale." This is, obviously, a huge blow to the film, as the festival begins in a week. He's also quoted as saying that Li Yu "is not in a mood to do anything." I'm not surprised! While the censors are open to further editing by the filmmaker, Fang has asserted that to do so would destroy the film. They plan to lobby the Film Bureau as long as they can, before deciding whether they want to ignore the ruling and attend the festival anyway. Fang also produced Lou Ye's Summer Palace last year, which was brought to Cannes without China's approval -- and ultimately led to the director being banned from filmmaking in China for the next 5 years. Hopefully Li Yu won't have the same fate.
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