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Selected to have its French premiere in competition for the Cristal for a Feature Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2017. However, the Chinese government requested that the work be withdrawn from the festival. Initially resistant, after a request to withdraw it was also made personally by producer Cheng Yang, the organizers of the festival decided to acquiesce to the request out of concern for the safety of Yang, Jian Liu and their collaborators. See more »
Downpour of poor quality Chinese cinema continues.
In retrospect, I probably thought this might have some merit because it was banned in China. But it just goes to show how much further the Chinese authorities are going when it comes to banning incorrect cinema these days; this film's only sin as far as the authorities are concerned, is that it displays bad people doing bad things, which of course do not exist in the Chinese Dream.
I found this dreadfully bad and one-dimensional, so I walked out after an hour. I am really rooting for China to produce good cinema art, but I'm increasingly convinced that it is completely impossible for as long as the current regime is in power. It's all Tiny Times, anti-Japanese WWII propaganda, and vapid animation. I'd rather watch literally anything from South Korea.
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