China’s newest film star, who shot to fame in director Ang Lee’s sexually explicit spy thriller Lust, Caution, has been blacklisted by the Beijing authorities.
The ban on Ms Tang, which has not been officially announced, was ordered in part because of the sex scenes but in the main because the movie has been deemed to glorify unpatriotic behaviour, Chinese sources said.
The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) sent a memo to all television stations and print media last Thursday ordering a halt to broadcasts of a new advert in which Ms Tang promotes Pond’s brand skincare products. Her deal was reported to be worth 6 million yuan (£450,000) to the actress who was plucked from obscurity by Mr Lee to star in the film.
The Taiwanese director expressed dismay at the move. He said: “I am very disappointed that Tang Wei is being hurt by this decision. She gave one of the greatest performances in a movie that was properly produced and distributed. We will do everything to support her in this difficult time.”
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