Mainland won't ban hit Taiwanese film

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 December, 2008, 12:00am

The popular Taiwanese movie Cape No7 will soon be screened on the mainland, a spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office said.

Reports had suggested the film would be banned because of its Japanese-themed storyline, but Li Weiyi yesterday said the state-run China Film Group was arranging for its mainland debut.

'It is normal for any artwork ... to spark different comments, or even controversy, when they are released,' he said. 'Speculation that the top mainland authorities would block the film due to its Japanese elements is groundless.'

No release date was set.

Cape No7 tells the story of a Taiwanese rock musician who falls in love with a Japanese woman, and of a romance between a Japanese teacher and a Taiwanese woman while the island was a Japanese colony from 1895 to 1945.