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Lee protege lands first role since reported ban

Associated Press

HONG KONG — Ang Lee protege Tang Wei has landed her first role since starring in the sexually charged spy thriller "Lust, Caution" and her reported ban in mainland China.

Tang will co-star with veteran Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung in the upcoming Chinese-language comedy "Crossing Hennessy," about the friendship that develops between two shopkeepers who are set up on a date, Hong Kong-based Irresistible Films said Thursday.

Lee, who won a best director Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain," made Tang a star by casting the then-unknown Chinese actress in "Lust, Caution," but she hasn’t appeared in a movie since the 2007 film amid a reported ban in mainland China.

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Chinese media reported last year that Chinese regulators had ordered TV stations to stop reporting on the actress and pull ads featuring her.

In the film, Tang plays a student activist who gives away the plot to assassinate a Japanese-allied Chinese intelligence official in World War II-era Shanghai.

Many Chinese are still upset about atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China in the World War II period.

Concerned about a nationalist backlash, Chinese censors cleared "Lust, Caution" only after heavy editing.

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