Never accuse SARFT of not having a sense of irony. In an emotional acceptance speech after he was awarded ‘Director of the Year’ by the China Film Directors Guild, Fang Xiaogang said that all Chinese directors face a “great torment […] and that torment is [beep]”.
The [beep] word, easily surmisable from watching Feng’s lips at 3:50, was “[beep]”.
Feng, once called “China’s Spielberg” by Newsweek, has won numerous awards over his two-decade-spanning career. His most recent film, Back to 1942, while ostensibly about the 1942 Henan famine, was seen by many as a not-so-subtle critique of the Communist Party’s practices which led to the 1958-62 famine during the Great Leap Forward.
Feng’s remarks about [beep] led to hearty applause from the Beijing audience, he continued (translation by TLN):
A lot of times when you receive the order, it’s so ridiculous that you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, especially when you know something is good and you are forced to change it into something bad. Are Hollywood directors tormented the same way? … To get approval, I have to cut my films in a way that makes them bad. How did we all persist through it all? I think there is only one reason — that this bunch of fools like us love filmmaking — are entranced by filmmaking — too much.