A Chinese woman is suing a cinema and film distributor in the city of Xian on the grounds that the companies failed to warn her that she would be forced to watch 20 minutes of pre-movie advertisements. Chen Xiaomei, a lawyer herself, says her freedom of choice was violated by the ads that preceded Aftershock, a popular Chinese film about a 1976 earthquake. Xiaomei is seeking compensation of 35-yuan ($5.20) to cover the ticket price, 1 yuan (15 cents) for her emotional damage and a written apology. She is also lobbying to have commercials limited to a maximum of five minutes and for cinemas to be required to publish the actual times that the opening credits roll.
Chinese woman sues movie theatre for showing commercials
Woman claims “emotional damage” from enduring 20 minutes of ads