Django Unchained Premiere Halted In China


While the Academy Award winning film, Django Unchained is due to arrive in the US on DVD on April 16th, the film has yet to even reach Chinese audiences On Thursday, Django Unchained was pulled from theatres in China on what should have been the opening day for the film.


According to workers at Beijing theatres, the film was halted because of unspecified technical issues, although no official reason was given as to why the movie was suspended.  Quentin Tarantino, the film’s director, is said to be trying to ascertain the cause of what went wrong so he can reopen the movie in China. China is currently the world’s second largest film market after the United States.


This is the second time the film is facing problems in China, the movie reportedly had to be withdrawn initially because state censors had missed a scene containing nudity.


Django Unchained tells the story of a slave (Jamie Foxx) in the pre-Civil War South and bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) who must fight against a heartless slave owner to reunite the slave may be reunited with his wife (Kerry Washington).  Much controversy has surrounded the film since its release due to the theme and excessive violence. This is Quentin Tarantino’s first film with a commercial release in China.