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Top Chinese films miss out in admittance draw

Staff writer, with CNA

Chinese actress Zhao Wei’s (趙薇) directorial debut, So Young (致我們終將逝去的青春), will be among 10 Chinese films allowed into Taiwan this year following a drawing of random lots by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture on Wednesday.

The blockbuster film is about a young woman caught in an emotional struggle with two men.

The other films include romance stories The Whole Life ( 一生一世) and Pickles in Love (泡菜), animated feature Seer 3 (賽爾號大電影), romantic comedy A Wedding Invitation (分手合約), family film Red Reeds (一江明燭) and comedy Fake Fiction (摩登年代).

The list is rounded out with dramas The Falling Feather (飄落的羽毛), The Palace Lock Sinensis (宮鎖沉香) and Today and Tomorrow (今天明天).

The results of the draw meant that several films by big-name directors were passed over.

Prominent among them were Jia Zhangke’s (賈樟柯) award-winning crime film A Touch of Sin (天注定), Zhang Yimou’s (張藝謀) drama Return (歸來), Feng Xiaogang’s (馮小剛) comedy Personal Tailor (私人訂製) and Ding Sheng’s (丁晟) crime film Police Story 2013 (警察故事2013).

The ministry’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development said the limit on imported Chinese films will be raised to 15 per year under a trade-in-services pact signed by Taiwan and China.

The agreement was signed on June 21 last year in Shanghai, but it has not yet been approved by the Legislative Yuan.

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