BEIJING, March. 10 -- Ang Lee's Best Picture winner
"Brokeback Mountain" will not be screened on the Chinese mainland, a source from
China Film Group, the only film importer on the mainland.
The source said it is due to its
sensitive topic: gay love. Adapted from a short story by "The Shipping News"
novelist E. Annie Proulx, "Brokeback Mountain" is about a ranch-hand and a rodeo
cowboy (played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) who meet one summer in
Wyoming and form a bond that spans 20 years. Some Western media critics call it
an epic gay romance.
|Heath Ledger (L) and Jake Gyllenhaal
The film is rated "R" for "restricted" in the United
States, which means that children under 17 are not admitted unless accompanied
by parents or adult guardian. As the mainland has not adopted a movie rating
system, the film could not possibly be approved by the film censors, said the
Since the government has an import quota of 20
foreign films a year, the China Film Group imports more commercial blockbusters
than art-house movies like "Brokeback Mountain", according to a staff member
with Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Huaxia is one of the two distributors of
foreign films on the mainland. "Although 'Brokeback Mountain' won international
acclaim, it does not mean its box office will be successful on the mainland,"
said the source.