The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Director Lou Ye: I want to make films in China for Chinese people


Chinese film-maker Lou Ye has had so many tussles with his country's authorities over the years, he wonders if they are picking on him.

"Maybe they just don't trust me because it is me," he muses with a bitter laugh. "It's very frustrating but what can I do, really? I'm not making films in order to protest about anything. I just want to be a film-maker who can make movies freely."

He was speaking to Life! over the telephone from Nanjing, China, where he is promoting his latest film Mystery, which is up for seven prizes at this year's Golden Horse Awards.

It is his first film to be granted official shooting rights in China after a five-year film-making ban that was slapped on him in 2006 by the the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, for showing his movie Summer Palace (2006) at Cannes Film Festival without prior approval.