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Tokyo film festival shows China film despite producer protest

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Oh, some Japanese with actual balls... Me likes that...

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One would like to think that people in the arts can rise above the petty political games that their leaders indulge in.

Clearly these film producers cannot .... or were they pressured to at least be seen to make some kind of attempt?

Either way, quite a lame statement which only continues to reinforce China's growing image in the world as a immature and childish country on many levels.

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It's entirely possible the producers had nothing to do with it. The message had no name, signature, or seal. It was basically an anonymous letter.

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I believe it's a show played by the producer and the festival’s secretariat:

secretariat said: Is it ok we screen your movie?

Just go ahead! however I'll pretend to protest so nobody from above give me trouble! producer replied.

Thanks, we hope you get good box office.....

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Well done Nobushige Toshima! Double thumbs up!

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If the creators of a film or anything for that matter doesn't want it to be shown for any reason, it should not be shown. And to say he wanted to keep politics out or cultural exchanges is ridiculous. Cultural exchanges are political by its very nature. Sounds like the Zaibatsu era may have returned to Japan.

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“If a movie cannot be screened, it means we are allowing politics to step into the sphere of cultural exchanges, namely a film festival, and that we should not allow to happen,”

Bravo zulu!

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ka_chanOct. 24, 2012 - 04:05AM JST If the creators of a film or anything for that matter doesn't want it to be shown for any reason, it should not be shown. And to say he wanted to keep politics out or cultural exchanges is ridiculous.

I think you missed this part...

"festival’s secretariat said they would not remove the film because they had received no formal notification and on Monday went ahead with its screening."

Someone sent an email, but no one sent a formal request.

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Wouldn't expect to see any objection to this decision in Japan either. Believe the people here are mature enough to accept and welcome this decision. All very good.

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Chinese government probably pressured the producers since usually art transcends borders.

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If China doesn't want their film shown, even if it is not a formal request, for whatever reason (even if political), then the Tokyo Film Festival needs to respect that decision.

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If China doesn't want their film shown, even if it is not a formal request, for whatever reason (even if political), then the Tokyo Film Festival needs to respect that decision.

It's not China's film. It belongs to the producers.

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