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Keyword: Censorship | The ‘Black Hand Army’ of the Silver Screen and ‘Work Honestly and You Will Have a Happy Life’: Two Memories of Film Censorship

ZHANG Zanbo; Translator: Michelle DEETER


Even though many people who are engaged in it would not admit it, film censorship has always been a reality for Chinese film and filmmakers. Zhang Zanbo is an independent filmmaker who has encountered censorship restrictions on multiple occasions. He discusses the issue from his own experience, recalling two instances of film censorship when studying and working at the Beijing Film Academy. One occurred in a theatre and the other occurred while working on his final project. Although these memories are somewhat old and they seem to be private and trivial, they have some significance in revealing the reality of China today.