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Erotic art offers glimpse of China's 'lost' sexual philosophy

Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its sexually charged past. Explicit works spanning from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) are among more than 100 pieces on display in Hong Kong, drawing surprise and giggles from some viewers unaware of China's ancient relationship with sex.

China film directors' guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship. Feng Xiaogang, a prominent filmmaker who chaired the nine-member jury for the China Film Directors' Guild Awards, announced the panel's unanimous decision on live television Wednesday night. The awards "should not be about our own enjoyment and satisfaction", Feng said at the ceremony, according to multiple reports in Chinese-language media.

China film directors' guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship. Feng Xiaogang, a prominent filmmaker who chaired the nine-member jury for the China Film Directors' Guild Awards, announced the panel's unanimous decision on live television Wednesday night. The awards "should not be about our own enjoyment and satisfaction", Feng said at the ceremony, according to multiple reports in Chinese-language media.

Chinese Buddhist temple forms "anti-terrorist" squad

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nervous about a repeat of last month's deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station, a well-known Buddhist temple in eastern China has drafted some of its monks into a new "anti-terrorist" squad, state media said on Thursday. The team at the 1,700-year-old Lingyin Temple in the tourist city of Hangzhou is made up of 20 monks and more than 20 security guards, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the temple's Buddhist Master Jueheng as saying.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Mar. 17, to Sunday Mar. 23, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Sia, "Chandelier" (Inertia) 2. Calvin Harris, "Summer" (Columbia) 3. Prince, "FALLINLOVE2NITE" (Epic) 4. Ray LaMontagne, "Airwaves" (RCA Records Label) 5. Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting On You)" (4AD) 6. MØ, "Say You'll Be There" (Chess Club/RCA Victor)

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Mar. 3, to Sunday March 9, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" (Big Beat Records) 2. Coldplay, "Magic" (Parlophone UK) 3. Iggy Azelia, "Fancy" (Virgin EMI Records) 4. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE - Original Mix" (Dim Mak Inc.) 5. Porter Robinson, "Sea Of Voices" (Sample Sized, LLC)

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Feb. 24, to Sunday March 2, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Ray LaMontagne, "Supernova" (RCA Records) 2. The Chainsmokers, "#Selfie" (Dim Mak Inc.) 3. Foster the People, "Pseudologia Fantastica" (Columbia Records) 4. Bleachers, "I Wanna Get Better" (RCA Records) 5. The Handsome Family, "Far From Any Road" (Carrot Top Records)

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Feb. 24, to Sunday March 2, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Ray LaMontagne, "Supernova" (RCA Records) 2. The Chainsmokers, "#Selfie" (Dim Mak Inc.) 3. Foster the People, "Pseudologia Fantastica" (Columbia Records) 4. Bleachers, "I Wanna Get Better" (RCA Records) 5. The Handsome Family, "Far From Any Road" (Carrot Top Records)

Chinese directors master Nordic noir, shoot-'em-up Western

By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - An overweight detective with a drinking problem and a fresh divorce stumbles through the snow to catch a killer armed with ice-skates, showing China has no need to envy the Nordics when it comes to crime in a cold climate. A city lawyer rides through the desert on horseback with a satellite navigator to rescue a girl from a deadly smuggler. Not Arizona but China again, showing it may have something to teach Quentin Tarantino when it comes to spaghetti Westerns.

Asia rings in Year of the Horse with fireworks, festivities

Fireworks illuminated the skies across Asia and millions of families gathered together Friday to usher in the Year of the Horse, kicking off a week of celebrations that included a performance by Braveheart actress Sophie Marceau on China's annual televised gala. Residents from China's small towns and villages to its sprawling megacities rang in the Lunar New Year, the country's most important holiday, by indulging in feasts of dumplings and rice cakes and exchanging hongbao, red envelopes stuffed with "lucky money".
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