Troubles at Shanghai fest
Days before its opening, the Shanghai International Film Festival has awkwardly yanked a Japanese movie from its lineup and has urged South Korean filmmakers not to attend amid fears about the MERS virus.
Organizers pulled a Japanese animated film, “Attack on Titan,” after it was among 38 Japanese cartoons deemed “pornographic” or too violent by Chinese censorship authorities this week, state-run Chinese media outlets said. The move illustrates the challenges Chinese film festival programmers face in selecting titles in a country with a layered and opaque censorship process.
Meanwhile, some South Korean participants said they had been urged not to attend the festival because of concerns about the virus that has killed nine people in South Korea. The World Health Organization says human-to-human transmission is difficult unless there is close contact. One MERS case has been reported in mainland China.