Tsui Hark accepts censor burden


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BUSAN, South Korea -- Tsui Hark believes that censorship is a process every filmmaker must endure, not only in China but everywhere in the world, the famed director said Sunday during a news conference at the Pusan International Film Festival.

"What we have to face is what filmmakers everywhere have to face, be it Singapore or the U.S. Filmmakers everywhere are now obliged to make changes in consideration of the audience, as well as marketing's taste and distribution," he said in a news conference following his master class, titled "My Life, My Cinema."

He added: "We have to go through this process, and accept comments, in order to get a better result."

Tsui emerged in the late 1970s as part of the Hong Kong New Wave and rose to director status in the '80s and '90s with such films as "Peking Opera Blues" and "Once Upon a Time in China."

The downturn in the local Hong Kong film industry, he said, is a reflection of the industry reaching a stage where its filmmakers are not limited to the local market. "We can consider the Greater China region as a whole in creative and production scope," Tsui said.

Besides, he thinks that filmmakers should not limit themselves to one place.

"Before seeing myself as a Hong Kong director, I must see myself as a director," Tsui said. "We should have the same scope of vision as any successful director anywhere around the world. To me, that's the most important mission of a filmmaker."

Tsui's wife and longtime producer Nansun Shi, one of the Chinese film industry's most powerful women, spoke at the news conference about the quest for new talent with her film fund Irresistible Films. But she said Tsui was too established to need Irresistible's help.

Stressing the importance of reflecting the things that touch a filmmaker in his work, Tsui said May's earthquake in China affected him the most among the ups and downs the country experienced this year -- both disasters natural and man-made -- as well as the success of hosting the Beijing Olympics. However, he believes that "as a country grows stronger and more prosperous, it will be able to overcome all difficulties," he said.