Controversial, Banned Chinese Zombie Fantasy
Original Chinese Title: ZHUO YAO DAO CHANG LIANMENG ZHI HU GUO BAOZANG
[Catch the Demon Road to Beauty and National Treasure]
also known as: DEMON ROAD ZOMBIE CROSSING and MASTER GHOST
director: Yao Kaiquin and Liu Huan
starring: Gao Fan · Wang Yi-Qi · Zhang Jin-Chow · Xiong Yi · Li Ziyi
· Xiong Yi La-La
the Ministry of Civil Affairs controls distribution and potential censorship
of all creative works including film, performance and written word.
specific things are not permitted...
- and probably the most obvious - is
POLITICAL CRITICISM: "Defamation of revolutionary leaders,
heroes, People's Liberation Army, armed police, national security apparatus,
public security apparatus, and the judiciary branch" The second is
PORNOGRAPHY AND CHEAP TASTE described as "eliciting feelings
of shame or disgust in persons." This includes themes of prostitution,
rape, masturbation, sexual assault, incest, homosexuality, hentai, sexual
violence, extramarital affairs, one-night stand, sexual freedom, wife
swapping, prolonged or provocative scenes of physical intimacy."
For genre fans, this is an unfortunate condemnation, albeit understandable
subject banned in China is FEUDALISTIC IDEOLOGY OR PSEUDOSCIENCE,
specifically "Spirit possession, reincarnation, witchcraft, etc.,
including excessive horror, psychological pain, hysteria, causing strong
stimulation to senses and emotions with uncomfortable pictures, lines,
music, and sound effects, etc."
result, this particular film become the focal point for the government's
heavy hand. In early 2017, it was banned from release. Producer Wuhan
Zhongtian argued that the story was based on traditional folklore [specifically
the legend of Shang Guan Shiyan] and, in fact, upheld all sacred Chinese
philosophies. But the Ministry held that due to depiction of ghosts and
reanimation creatures, the film violated Section 3 of the code. Director
Liu Huan shot new footage for the conclusion (showing everything had actually
been a dream) in order to get around the central problem. This new footage
lifted the ban, at least temporarily.
itself is a low budget fantasy actioner that probably would not have attracted
much attention without the publicity generated by government intervention.
It's the story of a young man named Shang Guan who purchases a sacred
artifact at a street market. This jade has the ability of transporting
the owner into the past. He is immediately whisked to a world of warlords,
wizards and the rumor of a beautiful vixen at the end of Demon Road. There
is also the alluring promise of a vast Li Yong treasure trove. For these
reasons, Shang Guan challenges the 'blue cattle man' and other Demon Road
obstacles. He eventually finds the elusive princess but inadvertently
activates a zombie siege at the same time.
Chinese film with Chinese and English subtitles; widescreen format,
fully uncut 80 minutes; DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT.
Extras include selected trailers.