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Spielberg slashed by Chinese, but his movies still admired
Updated: 2008-02-17 21:56


"We regret Spielberg's withdrawal, but there's no need to be angry," Zhuang Huayi, a citizen from Shamen said, "if we see it from the other aspect, his snub reflects the high expectation of the world on China."

A netizen nicknamed "It's Nothing" said he could not understand and was disappointed by the decision Spielberg had made, however, he still appreciated Spielberg's films.

The Chinese people are very familiar with Spielberg's movies, ranging from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. A.I to Jurassic Park, Save Private Ryan and Schindler's List. Many of his blockbusters have produced very desirable box office results on the Chiense market.

Xinghe, a writer, said that Spielberg have inspired a lot of Chinese youngster who love Science Fiction. "He has great talent. We are regretful over his decision, but we can still enjoy his movies,"he said.

Xu Jinglei, a renowned actress and director, said that she loves Spielberg's films very much as he creates a style that combines arts and commerce together.

Spielberg was appointed artistic consultant by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics in April, 2006 and got involved with the opening and closing ceremonies of the event together with Chinese film director Zhang Yimou and Ric Rirch, Australian director who made the highly successful ceremonies at the Sydney Games in 2000.

Liu Jianchao, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman on Thursday said "regretful" over Spielberg's decision to quit.

"It is understandable if some people do not understand the Chinese government's policy on Darfur," he said, "But we can't accept that some people want to use this as an opportunity to link Darfur to China's Africa and Sudan policies, and even to the Beijing Olympic Games."

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