Jaycee Chan, who was arrested last August on drug charges, has been taken off the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) blacklist ahead of his upcoming movie A Monk Comes Down The Mountain (道士下山).
The director of the movie, Chen Kaige, has reportedly been negotiating with SARFT, insisting that Jaycee’s role is crucial to the story line and that “it will be very difficult to cut it, let alone [re-shoot] it.”
Chen and Jaycee’s father, Jackie Chan, also convinced authorities that domestic movies are facing strong competition from Hollywood films, successfully persuading SARFT to lift the ban.
Ko Kai or Ko Chen-tung, the Taiwanese movie star who was arrested with Jaycee, was also taken off the government’s blacklist. He will appear in his latest movie, Tiny Times 4 (小时代4:灵魂尽头), which comes to theaters on July 9. His other movie, Monster Hunt (捉妖記), was reshot and Jin Boran (井柏然) was hired to replace his role.
Since last September, SARFT had banned TV and other media outlets from showing stars who have damaged reputations (i.e. drug use or have visited prostitutes). Films either cut out those celebrities or were completely reshot.
Other than celebrities, the SARFT has been busy banning adultery, boobs, and violent comics.
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By Sharon Choi