Banned! 11 things you won't find in China

China says it wants to open its economy more to the rest of the world, but Beijing keeps a tight grip on technology and access to media. These 11 items are still off limits.

Foreign films

banned china foreign films

Chinese regulators allow only 34 foreign films to be shown in theaters each year, severely limiting access to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

Approved films still face the heavy hand of government censors, who cut anything the Communist Party considers offensive or subversive.

Chinese audiences love the slimmed-down foreign films, and Hollywood is eager for regulators to expand its quota.

Despite the commercial advantage it gives them, Chinese filmmakers are likely to continue to bump heads with Beijing over censorship.

China heaped praise on Taiwan-born director Ang Lee when he won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2005. But his film, Brokeback Mountain, was never shown in China.

Meanwhile, China has been building up its domestic entertainment industry. Tech giant Alibaba (BABA), for example, has its own movie production arm.

  @CNNTech - Last updated March 17 2017 08:26 AM ET

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