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Ma urges support for 'Cape No. 7' in China

Ma urges support for 'Cape No. 7' in China

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday urged Chinese audiences to watch a local blockbuster amid reports that its release has been held up on the mainland because of its Japanese themes. "Cape No. 7," which has become the fastest selling Chinese-language movie in Taiwanese history, features Japanese actors and dialogue. Local media have speculated that anti-Japan sentiments in China are behind a delay in its release on the mainland.
"Taiwan's historic background is different than China's. I hope the mainland audience will see 'Cape No. 7' from this angle... to understand the setting and the stories," Ma said in a radio interview.
"The movie depicts regular people's lives and their true feelings... I recommend the mainlanders watch to learn more about Taiwanese people," he said.
"Cape No. 7," has taken some NT$460 million (around US$14 million) since its August opening.
Director Wei Te-sheng said the film's copyrights were sold to China in November to hit screens this month but he was informed that its release date was delayed due to "technical reasons."
Director Wei has stressed that the movie is about love, music and dreams and should not be interpreted politically.
Japan-themed movies touched a nerve in China last year when mainland authorities reportedly blacklisted actress Tang Wei for "beautifying" a traitor in acclaimed Taiwanese director Ang Lee's spy thriller "Lust, Caution."


Updated : 2021-10-20 11:28 GMT+08:00