August 11, 2008

Alternative Guide

IN BEIJING but tired of the Games?Why not take in a showing of Kung Fu Panda?

One of only 20 foreign films allowed into China each year, the Jack Black-voiced animated blockbuster has caused controversy since its release. The artist and designer Zhao Bandi claimed Hollywood was seeking to profit from Chinese culture and that after the Sichuan earthquake the film was in poor taste, as pandas live in the quake zone. The film, however, has been enthusiastically received.

Also (not) showing: The Dark Knight, the Batman film which has not yet been passed by the censors, and Leaving Fear Behind, a documentary by a pro-Tibet group on what Tibetans think of the Games. The film was shown to a small group of foreign reporters last week but a second screening was halted by police.

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