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City sues for film credit

THE cultural authorities of a southwestern China city have filed a lawsuit against famous film director Zhang Yimou over allegedly misnaming a local traditional drama in his movie "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles."

Anshun City Culture Administration of Guizhou Province said a Beijing court has accepted the suit and Zhang will receive the subpoena next week, yesterday's Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The authorities seek an apology from Zhang Yimou, the movie's director; Zhang Weiping, the producer; and the Beijing New Picture Film Co, the publisher, and wants to stop distribution of the 2005 film. But no economic compensation was demanded, the report said.

The authorities said Zhang used 600-year-old Dixi Drama, an Anshun traditional sorcerer's dance, but misled viewers by crediting it as a drama from neighboring Yunnan Province.

Anshun Dixi Drama, dubbed a living fossil of Chinese dramas, was listed by the State Council as the country's first group of state-level protected intangible cultural heritage.

Zhang, 59, directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


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