Jackie Chans new film is too violent for release in China, says directorFebruary 17th, 2009 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, February 17 (ANI): Jackie Chans Chinese fans will not get to see his new movie, for its director Derek Yee considers it to be too violent to be released in China.
The Chinese-language Shinjuku Incident features Chan as a refugee who escapes to Japan, and gets embroiled in the local gang culture.
The 17 million-pound flick features several gruesome scenes, including one character getting his hand chopped off and being stabbed with knives.
So far as Chinas strict censorship laws are concerned, Yee thinks that the film can pass them.
However, he fears that the violence in the film may prove too shocking for local audiences in a country that has no age restriction for movie releases.
“We tried to cut the violent scenes to meet the requirements of the Chinese market, but producers I invited to watch that version thought it was incomplete. For us, the problem was just the violence,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
Yee has revealed that Chan, who himself gave part of the money used in the films production, is in agreement with him.
Shinjuku Incident will be released in Chan’’s native Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia in April, and in Japan in May. (ANI)
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