The American film, Django Unchained, was pulled from theaters in China on its opening day with no given reason. Chinese media and netizens were filled with speculation that the film was censored because of few scenes with nudity, bloodshed and violence, said The New York Times.
The Los Angeles Times reported that China’s State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) called stop just a few minutes after the premiere began.
“We had seen the credits and heard a few sentences of dialogue when the lights came on,” said Xue Yutao, a 26 year old photographer from Beijing, who was attending a 10:15 a.m. showing in Beijing’s fashionable Sanlitun neighborhood. “The manager came in and said he had received phone calls from both the SARFT and the cinema management telling him to postpone the showing.”
Wanda Cinema in Hebei Province posted a notice on Weibo, saying that the screening was suspended due to “technical problems.” All of the sold tickets will be full returned.
Chinese netizens said that in spite of the name of “Django Unchained”, apparently Django is still being chained in China. It is not known yet whether the film can go back into the cinema.