The Straits Times
Published on Oct 23, 2012

Tokyo shows China film despite producer protest


TOKYO (AFP) - Organisers of the Tokyo International Film Festival said on Tuesday they had gone ahead with the screening of a Chinese-made film, despite requests by producers to shelve it because of a territorial row.

The companies behind Wang Jing's "Feng Shui" - the only Chinese film nominated for the festival's grand prize - said on Friday they wanted to withdraw their entry in protest at the dispute over the sovereignty of an uninhabited island chain.

But the 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.

"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," said Mr Nobushige Toshima, head of the secretariat.