Film China Banned Director

Mainland China’s Lou Ye poses in Hong Kong Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. The prominent Chinese director banned by Beijing on Friday brought his new gay romance to Hong Kong for what is likely the last of a handful of screenings on his home soil. In 2006, Lou Ye was banned from shooting movies for five years after he screened “Summer Palace” at the Cannes Film Festival without government approval. But the 45-year-old director defied the ban, secretly shooting the love story “Spring Fever” with small, digital cameras in the eastern city Nanjing last year. He also entered it at Cannes earlier this year, where it won best screenplay in May. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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