U.S. film director resists Chinese interference

The Chinese government censors media it feels goes against China’s interests, touches on a sensitive subject or fails to portray China in a positive light.

However, the Chinese government’s attempts to censor movies don’t always succeed. In October, the Chinese government blocked Quentin Tarantino’s movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood because the government objected to the portrayal of martial arts star Bruce Lee.

Chinese authorities allegedly demanded that Tarantino re-edit the film. Tarantino refused.

Tarantino’s stance means that his movie likely will not be shown in China, but he is receiving praise for putting free speech over profits.