2008-03-11 Associated Press
Ang Lee criticizes reported Chinese ban against protege Tang Wei
HONG KONG - Chinese regulators have ordered TV stations in Beijing and Shanghai to stop reporting on actress Tang Wei and to pull any advertisements featuring the star of the Ang Lee spy thriller "Lust, Caution" according to Chinese media reports.
The reason for the ban, which has not been officially announced, was not immediately clear. However, "Lust, Caution" has drawn attention because it portrays explicit sex and unpatriotic behavior.
Lee on Monday criticized the ban on Tang, who became a huge star with her role in the award-winning film. In a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Monday, Lee praised Tang’s performance in "Lust, Caution" and said he’s disappointed by the reported ban.
"I am very disappointed that Tang Wei is being hurt by this decision. She gave one of the greatest performances ever in a movie that was properly produced and distributed. We will do everything we can to support her in this difficult time," he said.
News source: Ang Lee criticizes reported Chinese ban against protege Tang Wei (Associated Press)
Related titles: Lust, Caution (2007)
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