Different high-profile efforts to formalize this practice in recent months may be as performative as they are codifying. China already unofficially blacklists performers who have been caught using drugs, such as Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, whose film project was put indefinitely on ice after he served six months in jail for a drug offense.
At the meeting, Chen’s committee declared that the draft bill was not yet harsh enough.
It encourages citizens to submit drug-use tip-offs, pledging that their privacy and safety will be ensured and that there will be “rewards those who have done a good job,” without providing further detail.
The bill was discussed at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the municipal People’s Congress, the city’s top legislative body. China’s congresses are mostly rubber-stamp entities, so the draft bill will almost certainly go through.
The new draft regulation calls on entertainers to “consciously resist drugs, establish a healthy and uplifting social image, and actively spread positive energy.”
It also stipulates that owners and operators of entertainment venues, hotels and internet cafes must establish more robust inspection systems to uncover suspected drug-related activities on their premises.
The strict management of drug-related offenses in entertainment will thus “help to establish the correct moral direction for society,” he said.
The bill asks entertainment industry associations to design “self-disciplinary measures,” or self-regulatory punishment mechanisms, for members who use drugs, and to carry out anti-drug publicity and education.
“Films, radio and TV programs, and other types of literary and artistic works are important vehicles for spreading exemplary socialist culture and guiding the public towards the practice of socialist core values,” explained Chen Yong, chairman of the Congress’ influential Supervisory and Judicial Affairs Committee, according to the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece.
Last month, China’s national congress mulled a bill to ban actors with past drug use for life after the proposal garnered viral support online, with the issue rising to the top of Weibo’s hot search list with nearly billion views of its most popular associated hashtags. In February, the government-backed China Association of Performing Arts issued new “celebrity morality guidelines” that established a committee to police entertainers who have used drugs or exhibited the wrong political bonafides.” />
It recommended new provisions dictating that performing arts bodies and authorities overseeing film, radio and TV should ban entertainers with past drug history entirely from appearing publicly, and prohibit the airing of their commercials and sponsorships.
This year, which marks the politically sensitive 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party, Chinese authorities have stressed that entertainers and celebrities with the power to sway public opinion should keep up the right politics and conduct, should they wish to remain in the public eye.
Beijing’s city government reviewed a new anti-drug bill tightening oversight of celebrity drug use on Wednesday, the country's latest attempt to codify its unspoken practice of banning entertainers with drug history.

As the company matures, however, it is “adjusting,” Cao explained. “We’re starting to take things on even if a movie isn’t our absolute favorite but it rounds out our slate in an interesting way.”
New titles on deck include “All About ING,” currently in post-production, which depicts the daily life of an ordinary Cantonese family in which the father is diagnosed with cancer right as his son is about to go abroad for college; and thriller “In Search of Echo,” the first feature film by director Zhang Chi, recently selected to compete in the Moscow Intl. Film Festival.
Under the name Parallax Films, it also is involved in international sales and distribution. Hangzhou-based Chinese production company Midnight Blur Films is poised to make a splash as it attends Filmart for the first time this year, with three titles selected for HAF and three others screening in the market, two of which will compete in the HKIFF.
“Our background is quite unique. “We are perhaps not quite like the other companies who put commercial value first. When we decide whether or not to work with a film, our first thoughts are still definitely coming more from a critic’s perspective.” We’re coming entirely from a background outside the film industry but because we started with criticism, I think we can be more daring,” Cao told Variety.
These two films and a third, “Ode to the Goose,” will have market screenings during HAF. “Vanishing Days,” the first title the company produced, and “3 Adventures of Brooke,” which stars veteran French actor Pascal Greggory, were selected to take part in the Young Cinema Competition at the Hong Kong Intl. The latter, by Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu, premiered at Busan last year. Film Festival this year.
The three first started a WeChat account for criticism called DeepFocus, which has since become one of China’s major platforms for such writing. The company was co-founded by Cao Liuying, Zhao Jin and Xu Jiahan, academics in literature, philosophy and anthropology, respectively, who met in 2015 while studying abroad in Europe.
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DeepFocus continues to operate via a separate, mostly volunteer, team, but the company also leverages it as a channel to promote its own projects. The firm has one full-time employee in Beijing and several working part-time in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
A year and a half later, their current Hangzhou-based investor Hangzhou East Wave Group asked them to move down to Zhejiang province, where that company name was already taken — thus leading to their second moniker, Midnight Blur.
Three of the 23 projects selected to participate in HAF this year are produced by Midnight Blur, accounting for half of the projects invited from China. They include “Who Is Sleeping on My Pillow?,” “12×4” and “The Priest in the Village.”
The trio became more interested in getting involved in the film industry after attending foreign festivals. No Problem” (directed by Mei Feng) and “The Summer Is Gone” (directed by Zhang Dalei). In 2016, the group was hired to do promotion for black-and-white Chinese arthouse films “Mr. Other such projects eventually led them to set up Parallax, registering it in Beijing.

What have you learned about Chinese film making after three movies here?
Similarly, after these two technicians, one male, one female, have endured their ordeal they kinda find each other. But again, I was told that no, they’d come together and shake hands. I thought they’d hug.
People may get the joke eventually. That is not part of Chinese humor. But then my partners encouraged me to leave it in. As the criminals barge in, I have one of the technicians say the line: "This is not a bank." I was told not to be sarcastic. Making the film was a fascinating part of my learning process in China.
I’ve also learned that Chinese film crews are great. I’ve just been shooting "The Misfits" in the Middle East. Chinese crews don’t walk, they run. If I’d been making it in China, it would certainly be quicker. And as a director, you have to have your game face on all the time.
The criminals killed a member of a prominent crime syndicate and need to remove the evidence. I love the single-location thriller genre. This one is set in a morgue on Christmas Eve, in which two lab technicians endure a night of hell with criminals who want them to hand over a bullet found in a body. But, we learn that the chief pathologist is the last person on earth who is going to collaborate with criminals.
What are audiences going to get from this film?
Give people an experience with real emotion and humor and you’ve got a hit movie in China.” />
Harlin says he has learned plenty. His third Chinese-language movie, “Bodies at Rest,” is set as the opener of the Hong Kong Intl. After a successful career in Hollywood making action films including “Die Hard 2” and “Cliffhanger,” director Renny Harlin has called Beijing his home for the past few years. Film Festival on Monday.
This is my third Chinese-language movie. Language was not a barrier for some of the great German directors working in English in Hollywood in the 1940s. I’ve been lucky enough to work with bilingual actors, but also surround myself with script supervisors, assistant directors and experts to keep me on track.
And about Chinese audiences?
We built the interior of the morgue in a studio in Beijing. And I had a great experience, planning shots and styles to deliver an action thriller set in a mortuary. Obviously, "The Shining" is the reference point for films of this genre.
I sought out the original English script, re-wrote that, and we have worked from a version of that translated into Chinese. They bought the rights to several, and hired a Chinese writer to translate them. Wanda Media went to Hollywood and talked to all the agencies seeking their unproduced scripts that they could produce in Chinese. When they approached me, they offered me a version of that translated back into English.
How did you and the project come together?
We now have a company, Extraordinary Entertainment, producing films in China, and we are always asking ourselves, "How do we make things resonate?" The other element is humor. Emotion is so important, you have to dig deep into emotions. It is not the same as Western humor, but lots of it is a good thing.

Where you from now? I keep a bad thing on me, yeah, yeah
Dreads on me like Beijing, yeah, yeah
After this, right back to him, like an accident
Yeah, yeah, yeah
[Chorus: Future]
Came in a car, you gon’ leave in a jet, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Came by myself, I’ma leave with your friends, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Came in a car, and you gon’ leave in a jet, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Never met no nigga richer than me, I can promise you that (Hell yeah)
[Post-Chorus: Future]
Never met no nigga flyer than me, I can promise you that (Promise you that)
Promise you that, promise you that, promise you that
Never met no nigga talkin’ to you when he fuck you like that
[Outro: Future]
I always wonder if she loyal (I always wonder)
I hope we on the same accord (Woo)
Let me fix all my rings
Let’s converse off codeine (Yeah) I keep a bad thing on me, yeah, yeah
Dreads on me like Beijing, yeah, yeah
After this, right back to him, like an accident
Yeah, yeah, yeah
[Chorus: Future]
Came in a car, you gon’ leave in a jet, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Came by myself, I’ma leave with your friends, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Came in a car, and you gon’ leave in a jet, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Never met no nigga richer than me, I can promise you that (Hell yeah)
[Verse 1: Future]
I know you don’t want no scrub, no-no-no, no-no-no
Baby, this thuggin’ love, no-no, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Came up in the club, aw, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Tryna make some love, yah-yah, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Ass like your mommy, know you won’t try me
Hop on the trolley just to see me
Came with nobody, leave with nobody
Reason you came, just to see me
Backstage pass with your ass out
You got no shame how you came out
Baby, I promise, I’ll respect game
Only thing that I can say is…
[Pre-Chorus: Future]
Cartier diamonds, my mascot
Tell your main nigga he your ex now
Finna push up, bring your ass out
Where you come from? Where you from now? I keep a bad thing on me, yeah, yeah
Dreads on me like Beijing, yeah, yeah
After this, right back to him, like an accident
Yeah, yeah, yeah
[Chorus: Future]
Came in a car, you gon’ leave in a jet, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Came by myself, I’ma leave with your friends, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Came in a car, and you gon’ leave in a jet, I can promise you that (Yeah, yeah)
Never met no nigga richer than me, I can promise you that (Hell yeah)
[Post-Chorus: Future & Lil Juice]
Came in a dress, you gon’ leave in a mink, I can promise you that
(Promise you that, promise you that, promise you that)
Came in a dress, you gon’ leave in a mink, I can promise you that
(Tay Keith, fuck these niggas up)
[Verse 2: Future]
Permanent issues got me thinkin’ outside the box
They was sayin’ I was cocky, I don’t feel like I’m cocky enough
Yeah, he fuck you and I fuck you, I don’t wanna get caught carin’ too much
I can’t expect you to change when you did it for fame, yeah
I’m thinkin’ tropical, beaches and leeches, I’m thinkin’ private, oh
From the car to the jet, from the jet to the beach, got a million-some dollars on me
Got a milli’ on me with a Richard Mille on me, I’m the bigger homie
I don’t get no sleep, I made love on these corners
[Pre-Chorus: Future]
Cartier diamonds, my mascot
Tell your main nigga he your ex now
Finna push up, bring your ass out
Where you come from? Where you from now? [Intro: Future & Lil Juice]
It ain’t no talk on this
You a bad lil’ bitch, don’t worry, ah
Yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah
(Tay Keith, fuck these niggas up)
Yeah
[Pre-Chorus: Future]
Cartier diamonds, my mascot
Tell your main nigga he your ex now
Finna push up, bring your ass out
Where you come from?

hopin’ they see me
S in your VVs, only snake is GG
All it’s a long time since I’ve done seen you
In that dress, I wanna take you out that dress
I seen enough to be impressed
[Chorus]
Woah, you seem to amaze me
Woah, you seem to amaze me
You never ever tried to play me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, never played me
[Verse 2]
What them niggas, what them niggas
You don’t give a what
Drank that Henny, smoke that reggie
Still ain’t give ’em none
You tell ’em, “Heaven” when they ask you where you from
Then seven seconds later, nigga, what you want? Uh
Those DMs go crazy, ooh
All the coupes are from Beijing, uh
I might swerve in your lane and… uh
You amaze me
Every time I come through, you amaze me
Put it down, cook real food
Whip it up, bake game fleek
That’s how a nigga done got thick
I’m grown, grown hearin’ that shit
On my own, I got rich
[Chorus]
Woah, you seem to amaze me
Woah, you seem to amaze me
You never ever tried to play me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, never played me
[Bridge]
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
Right now, now, now, now, now
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
Right now, now, now, now, now
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
Yeah, all the pretty girls comin’ out right now
Right now, now, now, now, now
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
All the pretty girls comin’ out right now
Right now, now, now, now, now
[Verse 3]
Sippin’ on that blue Bombay
I bet you know how to walk perfect in those new J Spades
You off a perky and you sayin’ that you need your space
You wanna dance, but won’t give no play, no play, no play but to your bae
They say you up tight but you down
They got this whole thing twisted ’round
You don’t homie bop around
You know word gon’ get around
You know birds gon’ get around
[Chorus]
Woah, you seem to amaze me
Woah, you seem to amaze me
You never ever tried to play me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, never played me Is you gon’ ride for me, baby? [Intro]
PARTYNEXTDOOR
[Chorus]
Woah, you seem to amaze me
Woah, you seem to amaze me
You never ever tried to play me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, you amazed me
You amazed me, never played me
[Verse 1]
Let you leave the house with the credit card
And you only swipe what you need ’cause you got what you need
Never really stop at your parents’ house
‘Cause you know I’m ballin’ like the league
And you got your own key, yeah
Let me drop you off in the P.O.

[Verse 1]
Born in a hurry, always late
Haven’t been early since ’88
Texas is hot, I can be cold
Grandma cried when I pierced my nose
Good in a glass, good on green
Good when you’re putting your hands all over me
[Chorus]
I’m alright with a slow burn
Taking my time, let the world turn
I’m gonna do it my way, it’ll be alright
If we burn it down and it takes all night
It’s a slow burn, yeah
[Verse 2]
In Tennessee, the sun’s goin’ down
But in Beijing, they’re heading out to work
You know the bar down the street don’t close for an hour
We should take a walk and look at all the flowers
[Chorus]
‘Cause I’m alright with a slow burn
Taking my time, let the world turn
I’m gonna do it my way, it’ll be alright
If we burn it down and it takes all night
It’s a slow burn
[Bridge]
Whatever feels good
[Outro]
Old soul, waiting my turn
I know a few things, but I still got a lot to learn
So I’m alright with a slow burn, slow burn, slow burn
I’m alright with a slow burn

(See this is Harlem, these our streets)
Turn the music back up
A$AP
Check it, check it, check it
Pull up, pull up, pull up
Yo what up, neph’, neph’? [Chorus: DJ Premier & A$AP Ferg]
Ferg, Ferg
Check it, check it, check it
Pull up, pull up, pull up
Yo what up, neph’, neph’? (See this is Harlem, these our streets)
Turn the music back up
A$AP
Check it, check it, check it
Pull up, pull up, pull up
Yo what up, neph’, neph’? (See this is Harlem, these our streets)
Turn the music back up
A$AP
Let’s go
[Verse 1: A$AP Ferg]
I got with Primo, I’m just pressin’ the cheat code
We on a new level with the C-notes
I’m from where kids hustled on the block and rolled cee-lo
And niggas stay strapped like Girbauds
T-Nice with me week to week though
Life was different when they got him for that R.I.C.O
For a couple kilos
Coulda had ’em underground, he was livin’ life illegal
Now he gettin’ right and our pockets lookin’ chicho
Sippin’ cappuccino on a jet to Cannes
Couple models gettin’ lit, they the best in France
Got Leonardo dough, catch me if you can
We had to kill Beijing and next Japan, man
This beat hot, I could catch a tan
My demographic in L.A. (See this is Harlem, these our streets)
Turn the music back up
A$AP
[Verse 2: A$AP Ferg]
Done created a dream world, slept with my dream girl
Brought mama that new house, diamonds and mean pearls
Done went to Africa, talked to the have-nots
Donated some uniforms, teach ’em how to have guap
Primo put the soul in it, I make the track hot
And this thing forever, got the game in a padlock
I just want somethin’ real, I’m tired of the ass shots
Don’t wanna go to the club, I’m tired of them trap spots
My generation’s stuck on stupid
Showin’ guns on the ‘Gram, but no one use it
Sometimes I feel like I’m about to lose it
Because the fake win when y’all know what the truth is
It’s me, the F-E-R to the fuckin’ G
My bars is Gang Starr, nobody can fuck with me
Rest in peace Guru, nobody can fuck with he
You rappers is coocoo, better wake up out your fuckin’ dream

[Chorus: DJ Premier & A$AP Ferg]
Check it, check it, check it
Pull up, pull up, pull up
Yo what up, neph’, neph’? (See this is Harlem, these our streets)
Turn the music back up
A$AP
[Outro: A$AP Ferg]
A$AP
A$AP
A$AP all Mexican
I love my supporters, they keep the check in hand
So every time I get a chance, I’ma bless the fam
What up, what up? [Chorus: DJ Premier & A$AP Ferg]
Check it, check it, check it
Pull up, pull up, pull up
Yo what up, neph’, neph’?