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Thursday August 1, 2019

 Fans back kung fu legend’s daughter calling for respect of late star


Tarantino film ‘smears’ Bruce Lee image


Children
from Weihai,
East China’s
Shandong
Province listen
to a retired
military soldier
tell wartime
stories on
Wednesday.
Thursday
marks the 92nd
anniversary of
the founding
of the Chinese
People’s
Liberation Army.
Children went
to the military
sanatorium to
visit retired
soldiers. Photo:
IC

To evade environmental protection inspection, a
mining factory in East China’s Shandong Prov-
ince painted rocks it excavated green, media re-
ported on Wednesday.
The Changsheng Rock Material Factory, lo-
cated near a village in Xintai, Shandong was cov-
ered in green, aerial video on Tuesday shows. It
turns out that the factory painted the rocks green
to make it appear like grass and trees, iqilu.com,
Shandong Television’s website, said on WeChat.
When asked about why the rocks were painted
in green, an accountant at the factory admitted
in an undercover interview it was done to evade
inspection.
A truck driver at the mining site said factory
workers started painting the rocks in 2018 be-
cause company officials believed satellite photos
would show a green area.
The factory, which occupies more than 7,
square meters, posted a notice saying “produc-
tion discontinued,” the report said. But trucks
remain busy and machines are still digging a 100
meter-deep hole in the mountain, it said.
The head of the factory claims that the factory
had received an environmental evaluation certifi-
cate, iqilu.com reported.
However, an employee at the city government
denied giving the factory certificate, saying it will
be shut down “sooner or later,” the report said.
The news website said it will continue to inves-
tigate the matter.
Xintai authorities failed to respond to ques-
tions from the Global Times.
China has seen similar cases, China Network
Television (CNTV) reported.
A big problem is some officials also turned a
blind eye to the construction sites and the envi-
ronmental problems which come with, CNTV
said.

Global Times

By Leng Shumei

Chinese fans of Bruce Lee
showed strong support for Lee’s
daughter, who slammed Quen-
tin Tarantino’s new film, Once
Upon a Time in...Hollywood, for
depicting the late kung fu star
as “an arrogant a**hole full of
hot air.”
The film was about a washed-
up television actor played by
Leonardo DiCaprio and his
stuntman played by Brad Pitt
striving to achieve fame and
success in the film industry in
the final years of Hollywood’s
Golden Age in 1969 Los Ange-
les, film site IMDb reported.
It was released in the US on
July 26.
Throughout the movie,
Bruce Lee comes off as an arro-
gant windbag desperate to pick

fights with others.
And he was depicted as a
person who picked fights with
everyone who will humor him


  • before finally getting beaten
    by Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth.
    Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee‘s
    daughter, saw the film over the
    weekend and told entertain-
    ment and media news website
    The Wrap that it’s dishearten-
    ing to see her father portrayed
    as an arrogant blowhard, be-
    cause as an Asian-American
    in 1960s Hollywood, he had to
    work much harder to succeed
    than the fictional, white pro-
    tagonists in the film.
    She added: “I understand
    they want to make the Brad Pitt
    character this super bad-ass
    who could beat up Bruce Lee.
    But they didn’t need to treat
    him in the way that white Hol-


lywood did when he was alive.”
The report triggered heated
discussions on China’s Twitter-
like Sina Weibo platform, with
many saying that the depiction
disrespects Lee, who is consid-
ered the “pride of Chinese,” and
is tinted with white supremacy
and racism, which may have an
impact on the film’s release in
the Chinese mainland.
The film’s distributor, Sony
Pictures, and one of its produc-
ers, Beijing-based Bona Film
Group, did not reply to the
Global Times as of press time.
The hashtag “Bruce Lee’s
daughter disheartened with
Once Upon a Time in...Hol-
lywood” on Weibo had been
viewed nearly 300 million
times as of press time.
“I just watched the film the
day before yesterday and have

to say that Bruce Lee was tar-
nished so much,” a Weibo user
said.
“Many foreigners see Bruce
Lee as just a Chinese with good
kung fu skills. They would be
misled by the character in the
film,” said another.
Bruce Lee is not only a kung
fu star but also a symbol of Chi-
nese spirit and wisdom, so it is
not surprising to see Chinese
netizens agitated when their
icon was allegedly tarnished,
Shi Wenxue, a Beijing-based
critic, told the Global Times on
Wednesday.
Some netizens said that the
film’s production team should
have contacted Lee’s daughter
to get her approval for her fa-
ther’s depiction in the film out
of respect.
Others defended Tarantino,

suggesting that the way he por-
trayed Lee in the film may be
his way of saluting Lee.
Shi also said Tarantino paid
tribute to Lee’s last movie, The
Game of Death (1978), in Kill
Bill Volume 1 in 2003 and Vol-
ume 2 in 2004. “So it’s hard to
judge as we have not seen the
whole movie yet.”
In an interview with Chinese
media in May at the Cannes
Film Festival, Tarantino said he
was a “huge Bruce Lee fan.”
“Bruce Lee was not trying to
hurt anybody, but he has some
arrogance about him. If I was
Bruce Lee, I would be arrogant,
too,” he said in the interview.
Bruce Lee was widely viewed
by Chinese people as a cultural
icon who fought for equality
and started a new martial art
style.

By Wang Qi

China’s top economic planner un-
veiled a plan to increase the number
of soccer pitches, offering a subsidy
of two million yuan each ($290,600).
A plan released by China’s Na-
tional Development and Reform
Commission (CDRC) said it would
subsidize the construction of soccer
pitches of 11-a-side, five-a-side and
seven-a-side, the commission said on
Tuesday.
The full pitch will receive a sub-
sidy of two million yuan, and others
can get up to a one million yuan sub-
sidy, according to the document.
The program is scheduled to be
completed by the end of next year,
CDRC said.

CDRC is also encouraging local
governments to subsidize the con-
struction through sports lottery wel-
fare funds and other methods, the
report said.
The plan said more people have
shown interest in the sport, and that
the development of the sport would
significantly boost the country’s pride
and cohesive force.
China’s soccer fields and facilities
lag behind those in top soccer coun-
tries.
Insiders hailed the move as they
believe it will benefit the industry
and encourage more children to get
engaged in the sport, Zhang Lu, a
senior Chinese soccer commentator,
told the Global Times on Wednesday.
However, Zhang expressed con-

cerns over the location, cost and
maintenance of the pitches.
He stressed that amateur players
only use the soccer grounds on week-
ends and holidays, which may waste
the pitches.
He urged the use of abandoned
and unoccupied land.
Zhang also suggested building
smaller pitches, which are recom-
mended by FIFA, as the smaller pitch
is more flexible and could enhance
participation and usage.
In 2016, China’s Ministry of Edu-
cation released a document on devel-
opment plan for soccer from 2016
to 2050. The document said that by
the end of next year, China hopes to
establish 20,000 schools featuring
soccer.

China subsidizes construction of soccer fields


Factory paints rocks


to evade inspection


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