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Practice taiji? Then you can handle China censors: Jia Zhangke

Published on May 20, 2014 11:46 AM
 
"It's not cooperation, it's a form of contact," Jia Zhangke said. "You know taiji? Only when you come in contact with your opponent can he or she feel your strength," he added, referring to the martial art whose adepts often stand on street corners in China, making slow, controlled movements. -- PHOTO: AFP

CANNES, France (Agence France-Presse) - Dealing with Beijing's censors is much like practising taiji, acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke said as he revealed his latest movie project to be shot in his hometown...and Australia.

In an interview with AFP, Jia, who is on the jury of this year's Cannes Film Festival, spoke candidly about his difficult relationship with censors in a country where his last critically-acclaimed movie A Touch Of Sin has yet to come out.

Speaking late on Monday, Jia said he kept in regular touch with the authorities to give any future project of his a chance of coming out in China.

"It's not cooperation, it's a form of contact," he said. "You know taiji? Only when you come in contact with your opponent can he or she feel your strength," he added, referring to the martial art whose adepts often stand on street corners in China, making slow, controlled movements.

 
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