Wu Nien-Hsuan and Laila Ulao in a still from Boluomi.
Wu Nien-Hsuan and Laila Ulao in a still from Boluomi.

Malaysian-Chinese independent filmmakers lauded abroad but censored at home for movies about their country’s past and present

  • A Taiwan-based filmmaker was asked by censors to make 27 cuts to his debut feature, set partly during the Malayan Emergency like his earlier documentary
  • Another Taiwan-based director had to wait six years to screen a political satire. Even an apolitical film about rural spirituality faced a battle with censors

Wu Nien-Hsuan and Laila Ulao in a still from Boluomi.
Wu Nien-Hsuan and Laila Ulao in a still from Boluomi.
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