April 11, 2013
China has cancelled screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as the Asian country continues its policy of censoring Hollywood movies.
Chinese cinemas cancelled all screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as the film was released on Thursday, according to local reports.
The Chinese news and entertainment website Sina revealed that cinemas across China were ordered to suspend screenings of the film.
Several unnamed cinema employees have claimed that the order came from the state-run film distributor China Film Group Corporation, which cited an unspecified technical problem with the film.
One user of Sina’s social media channel claimed they had been watching the film, which stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, when it was stopped “after just one minute”.
Other posters speculated that nude scenes or the “dangerous” theme of underdogs rising up by force had caused the film to be pulled.
China strictly censors films and other media for sexual and political sensitivities, and limits distribution of foreign films to protect the domestic industry.
Django Unchained was to be Tarantino’s first film to enjoy a commercial release in China.
Only yesterday it was reported that bloody scenes from the film – which tells the story of a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter in Antebellum-era America – had been toned down for its Chinese release. Changes were said to include the colour of blood being made darker, although the film’s full-length running time of 165 was maintained.