For an unspecified technical reason, Tarantino’s controversial yet hit movie was pulled on opening day in theaters in China. There were weeks of promo as well as some major edits to the film that would imply the movie met the standards. So what happened?
Quentin Tarantino’s slavery love sage got yanked from movie theaters in China on opening day Thursday (Apr. 11), blaming an unspecified technical problem.
Despite weeks of promo, China Film Group Corp. suspended the flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx, despite being initially cleared by the country’s censors, Fox News reports.
Django Unchained reportedly sliced some of its most violent scenes but still couldn’t make it to China’s big screens.
“We were excited about the film yesterday,” Tian Zaixing, general manager of the Beichen Fortune Center movie theater in the southern city of Kunming, said. “We had had high expectations for this film’s box office.”
Tarantino’s latest creation — whose stars graced the cover of VIBE’s Dec/Jan. issue — raked in more than $160 million in the U.S. and has fared well overseas. According to the Motion Picture Association of America. China offers the second-biggest movie market with sales of $2.7 billion last year.
The China office of Sony Pictures, which released the film, declined to comment.