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Chinese director takes on Oliver Stone over his criticism of China’s film industry

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 April, 2014, 5:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, 2:37am

A Chinese film director has hit back at American filmmaker Oliver Stone after the Oscar winner accused counterparts in China of not confronting the damaging legacy of the country's past.

Ning Hao, best known for his low-budget hit Crazy Stone, accused Stone of "finding fault with China" after the Platoon director criticised Chinese filmmakers for not being honest when it comes to making films about the country's history.

"Mao Zedong has been lionised in dozens and dozens of Chinese films, but never criticised," Stone told an audience in Beijing during a panel discussion on co-productions between China and Hollywood last week. "It's about time. You've got to make a movie about Mao, about the Cultural Revolution."

Phoenix News reported that in an interview with the state-owned Global Times, Ning, whose latest comedy-thriller No Man's Land also fell victim to the country's censorship rules, hit back at Stone, saying China's situation was far more complicated.

"There are always certain subjects that remain sensitive. He was kind of finding fault with China," Ning was quoted as saying. "Will he be all right with it if we start making films about September 11?"

Ning's comments triggered heated discussion on Chinese social media.

Cultural critic Cui Weiping voiced disappointment at Stone's remarks. "The Cultural Revolution and September 11 are both the tragedy of a nation, but the former was a long-lasting war against its own people.

"By comparing a system restricted by censorship to one that is free from censorship, [the director] was taking abnormal as normal," Cui wrote online.

Others, including critic Li Xingwen, faulted both directors.

"Stone was talking like a global policeman whereas Ning was like a servant of the country," Li wrote.

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nicolas
chinese movies! simply fake and rubbish .....
How About
Stone is well-meaning and we can expect his best work if the JFK files are de-classified in 2017.
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To p90gundam n I Gandhi, Stone is also one of the more informed americans as most of them don't have much clue, hack some democrats don't even know who they're up against ****www.economist.com/news/united-states/21599347-why-democrats-want-election-be-about-billionaire-koch-brothers-koch-fuelled so it's hard to expect the good people of USA to grapple with what their country truly stands for.
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Many will disagree but the general public of the USA had consumed so much Hollywood, soap and TV drama i.e. indotrinations that many don't know reality from entertainment.
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p90gundam
this shows how little chinese critics know or understand about usa history: he should have hit back oliver stone about how come hollywood never confront= slaughtering of local indians despite accomplished treaties, invasion of hawaiian kingdom and killing its loyal family, killing near half million phillipinos during occupation and suppression of their quest for independence, suppression and discrimantion of blacks in their own country up to 1970, generating authorative dictators in iran, asia,south america during 60,70s, continued support of dictators and antidemocracy in present middle east by practicing double standard between allies and foes, regime change and destablizing sovereign countries thru overt military or disguised people revolution.
I Gandhi
You are right. The US is founded on the genocide of the native American Indians and the slavery of millions of blacks. George Washington had slaves and children with his own slaves. The US is a hypocritical country where the religious right have little tolerance for democracy which in the US anyway is a dead duck when only about 40% even bother to vote. What the world needs is regime change in the US and the return of conquered territories back to the Native Americans and Mexico.
ubifrancehk
Some movies have been made about 911. And the cultural revolution would be an interesting topic to explore, much more than 911. Some people in China have made movies about such issues, Wang Bing most notably (about Jiabiangou).
Hum-Balang
Stone and Kuznick, ****www.sho.com/sho/oliver-stones-untold-history-of-the-united-states/home, it is well worth checking out.
Hum-Balang
It's difficult for many critics of China to appreciate China is still eking out its existence in the 21 st century so to ask for a complete censure of its history as Stone had, is premature. If one went through Stone's documentary even he was careful in meting out criticism of his own government.
cwlai23
...whether it is 911 or the Cultural Revolution, ...at the end of the day, what is the truth? At the moment we are dealing with the perception of the truth influenced by the present needs of the countries involved for the interests of the general populace. Perhaps we may need to wait a little longer for the truth to be evolved. A good example is Japan where after almost 60 years of the end of WWII she is still grappling with the dilemma of how to educate her populace about the atrocities and actions of their few past and convicted militarists...So we need to give such countries more time because ultimately the truth will surface as surely as the sun rises in the east...
Dai Muff
Stone HAS made films criticising the US establishment and its history. As have many other filmmakers.
reggiedog
"Will he be all right with it if we start making films about September 11?" Answer: yes, that's the whole point.

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