China Slams the Door on "Geisha" Screenings

by | January 16, 2006 | Comments

The Chinese premiere of "Memoirs of a Geisha," which aroused controversy in China and Japan after three leading Chinese film stars, Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh, were cast in the roles of Japanese women, has been indefinitely postponed, the online Shanghai Daily News reported today (Monday), citing a report in the Shanghai Morning Post.

According to the report, a spokesperson for distributor Columbia Pictures "remained tight-lipped on the issue." The spokesperson said that the company had gone to great efforts to bring the film to the China mainland and remains optimistic that a "satisfactory outcome" will be reached in negotiations with authorities.

(From Skewed and Reviewed via the AP news wire.)

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