Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film Django Unchained was suddenly pulled from all theaters in China on the day of its premiere, Thursday, following a suspension order issued by its importer China Film Group Corporation citing unspecified technical problems but providing no reason for its decision.
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The film was already being played in some movie theaters, one of them being General Manager Tian Zaixing’s Beichen Fortune Center movie theater in Kunming. Zaixing said that the order to pull out the film’s showing came via phone call from China Film Group at around 10am. This resulted in moviegoers being forced to leave the cinemas during the screening. One viewer mentioned to the media that the movie was stopped only a minute after it even started.
Django Unchained reportedly already had to have some of its scenes cut off just to pass China’s strict censorship that generally removes violence, sex, and political content, which should already rule the reason that it was pulled out because of “unacceptable” content.
However, some speculate that a short scene which contains nudity was the culprit behind the decision to cancel the showing. Others claim that it was the film’s theme of an oppressed minority retaliating at his master that made some people in Beijing uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, calls were also made by the Associated Press to China’s regulatory agency, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television, in order to get some official statement but none of them were accommodated. Even Sony Pictures’ office in China refused to comment on the matter.