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October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Chinese director Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land is finally being released on December 3 after being shelved for nearly four years, due apparently to the negative reaction of Chinese censors. Zhao Baohua, a screenwriter and member of the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV — the official censorship board — wrote on his blog after seeing the film that director Ning had “lost his sense of social responsibility as an artist.” The movie, he said, was “trash.” It “has no hero, just villains,” he added. In the years since, Ning has been careful not to respond directly to the attack on the film, telling the English-language China Daily in 2011, “I have moved on. … No Man’s Land discusses the relationship between man’s animal instincts and social responsibility. I now have a better understanding of the subject.”