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No China release date for Jackie Chan's new movie

No China release date for Jackie Chan's new movie

A Hong Kong movie company announced the Asian release dates for Jackie Chan's new Chinese-language film _ except in China, where its subject matter may have raised flags for the country's movie censors.
"Shinjuku Incident," which features Chan as a refugee who escapes to Japan and becomes a killer for the mob, will be released in Hong Kong and southeast Asia on April 2 and in Japan on May 1, Emperor Motion Pictures said in a statement.
But the statement didn't announce the release date in mainland China, a key market for the movie.
The film may have concerned China's censors because it touches on two known taboo subjects for Chinese films: gangsters and Japan. It also casts Chan, a national icon in China, as a villain.
Emperor Motion Pictures Chief Executive Albert Lee said the company wants to release the movie in China but wouldn't comment further.
Sino-Japanese relations remain tense because of Japan's brutal occupation of China during World War II.
The 2005 Hollywood film "Memoirs of a Geisha" was not released on the mainland apparently because the sight of Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li portraying Japanese entertainers would offend viewers.
Highlighting the sensitivity of the project, Emperor Motion Pictures has been tightlipped about "Shinjuku Incident." The statement Thursday marks its first formal announcement about the movie.
Earlier reports in the Chinese media have described the movie as about the lives of Chinese immigrants in Shinjuku, one of Japan's most crowded shopping and entertainment districts.


Updated : 2022-05-28 23:51 GMT+08:00