Chop Phooey!

See why the Chinese government put the kibosh on Cinematheque flick.

Between the uncensored political overtones and graphic sex scenes in his film Summer Palace, Chinese filmmaker Ye Lou learned at least one lesson about making movies in his homeland: Beijing is not hip to T&A, like we Americans are.After the romantic epic first flashed on Chinese screens in 2006, the country banned Ye from directing any movies within its borders for the next five years because of the flick's cutting-edge storyline about the sexual restlessness of a college coed named Yu Hong. With unbridled passion, she falls in love with the man of her dreams, only to have the relationship break up under self-destructive motives. After a series of trysts with a few other dudes, Yu — now an emotionally empty woman — leaves school to escape love and wander around China. Summer Palace screens at 8:50 tonight and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cleveland Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard. Tickets are $6 to $8. Call 216-421-7450 or visit
Thu., April 10, 8:50 p.m.; Fri., April 11, 3:30 p.m., 2008