Well, she does in the movies at least. And that may be why we will have to wait a little while to see Miss Zhang and fellow Zhang-Yimou-triumph Gong Li play Japanese women in Memoirs of a Geisha here in Shanghai. The film, directed by Chicago‘s Rob Marshall, is set to be released as a PG-13 film in the United States in December, just in time for an Oscar push. But the movie’s China release date could be pushed back from January 9 to February 10, so Chinese men with scissors have time to cut out a sex scene. One month! That must be one hell of a sex scene.
The movie, oddly, is one topic that old foes China and Japan are agreeing upon: Neither nation particularly likes it. And they can say that without even watching the movie. Many Japanese aren’t happy that none of the three lead female characters, all Japanese, is played by Japanese actors. And many Chinese are pissed off for, well, pretty much the same reason — how could one of their own “flat-chested beauties” have simulated on-screen sex with a Japanese man?!? “She deserves to be chopped into a thousand bits,” fumed one internet poster. Another Chinese netizen added, “Zhang is a shameless prostitute. She should be deprived of Chinese citizenship.”
Ah, Chinese online forums and chat rooms — where every self-respecting journalist goes for some truly objective quotes.