Trou­bles at Shang­hai fest

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Julie Maki­nen

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.

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