Taiwan withdraws films from festival


Taiwan pulled eight movies from the Shanghai International Film Festival when it suspected that the organisers would use the screening of the films to assert China’s sovereignty over the self-ruled island. According to a report by Associated Press, a Taiwanese publicist for the Taipei Film Commission, said the withdrawal of the films occurred after they notice that a recent TV Festival in Shanghai had accredited TV series from Taiwan as originating in “Taiwan, China’.

The Taiwanese films are Monga, Au Revoir Taipei, Hear Me, More Than Close, Orz Boys, Yang Yang, Three Times and Tonight Nobody Goes Home.

China has continued to claim Taiwan as its territory since a civil war in 1949. While business relationships are cordial between the two countries, with Taiwanese businessmen and tourists visiting the Chinese capital, Beijing, on a daily basis, Taiwan continues to assert its independence.


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