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Chinese mainland actor Chen Kun barred from shooting movie in Taiwan
2006-03-10 03:42:15 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The file photo shows mainland Chinese actor Chen Kun in 2003. (Photo/ent.tom.com)

TAIPEI, Mar 10 (AP) -- Taiwan has banned the filming of a mainland movie, dubbed China's "Gone With the Wind," on the self-ruled island, saying it presented a "twisted history" serving Beijing's goal of reunification, a Taiwanese official said Friday.

The movie, "Cloud Water Song," sees Chinese actor Chen Kun play Zhang Kehui, a Taiwanese man who leaves his lover in Taiwan and flees to mainland China during a period of political turmoil in the 1940s. Taiwanese actress Vivian Hsu plays his lover.

China's Central Motion Picture Film Company has promoted the movie as the Chinese version of the Hollywood classic "Gone With the Wind."

But Joseph Wu, head of Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council, said the film's director Yin Li and Chen will not be allowed to shoot any part of the movie in Taiwan.

"The film has twisted history and interprets the Taiwanese history from the perspective of the Chinese," Wu said.

He said the script contained passages saying how in the 1940s the Taiwanese people longed for the "motherland," a reference to mainland China.

Taiwan and China have been ruled separately since they split amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing still claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has threatened to invade if the island declares independence.

Despite political tensions, however, cultural exchanges thrive and many Taiwanese actors and actresses are popular on the mainland.

Taiwanese authorities appear to have tightened restrictions on visits by Chinese entertainers in recent weeks after China accused Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian of seeking to formalize Taiwan's de facto independence.

On Thursday, Taiwanese officials denied mainland Chinese actor Zhang Guoli an entry visa, saying Taiwan only permits visits by Chinese for cultural exchanges. The actor reportedly said he wanted to promote a new TV series in Taiwan.

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