“Zhang Yimou’s ‘Curse of the Golden Flower’ is a huge hit in China; its four-day take of $12.3 million in four days was the highest ever for a domestic movie. But now other distributors are complaining, claiming that ‘all other films were blocked from being shown in 200 digital cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou,’ and that cinemas have made promises to show only ‘Curse,’ leading other companies to worry about their films’ upcoming release dates.
“Nonsense, says [the movie’s] distributor. ‘If the digital cinemas choose to screen only “Golden Flower,” it is the choice of the market,’ says the promotion director of the company behind ‘Curse.’ See, people? It’s just the ways of the free market. Get with it. What are you, communists?”
Bilge Ebiri, writing on “Who Lost China? Well, Apparently Nobody,” Dec. 21 at www.nerve.com