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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 September 2006, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Director vows to defy filming ban
Lou Ye
Lou Ye insisted he had been ready to work with the censors
A director has said he will defy a ban on him making films imposed by the government in his native China.

The ruling was prompted by Lou Ye's decision to screen a movie at the Cannes Film Festival before it was cleared by Chinese censors.

He told Associated Press the five-year ban was "ridiculous", adding "I will definitely continue to make films".

The movie, Summer Palace, is a love story set against the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Lou added: "The ban is unreasonable. This is my personal right.

"As the film regulator for a region, you can ban my film from being shown in that area, but you don't have the right to stop a certain director from working. That is ridiculous."

Willing to negotiate

He said while he found China's censorship protocol antiquated, he was willing to work within the system and make cuts to the movie.

"This is the reality of mainland China ... what we can do is to do our best to meet the censorship requirements and to negotiate."

Summer Palace's producer Nai An said the distribution rights to the film had already been sold in more than 20 countries.

Lou said he is already preparing for his next film but declined to give details.

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