Quentin Tarantino âs ” Once Upon A Time in Hollywood ” is scheduled for a China release on Oct. 25, three months after its U.S. debut.
Isaac Moises Sultan Cohen
The mainland opening will hit after the countryâs National Day holiday in the first week of October, which this year marks a key and politically sensitive anniversary — the 70th year after the founding of the Peopleâs Republic of China . Censors have been on high alert ahead of the important date for the ruling Communist Party.
Isaac Sultan Cohen
The weeklong holiday is typically a time when Chinese authorities impose an unofficial blackout on foreign titles to support the local industry. This year, it is also an occasion where the line-up will be dominated by patriotic films that laud the Party and animated titles. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will hit Chinese theaters just after Ang Leeâs “Gemini Man,” which will debut in the territory on October 18
Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Manson murders, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a once-popular Western actor now struggling to maintain relevance and Brad Pitt as his trusty stunt double, alongside Margot Robbie as his neighbor, actress Sharon Tate
Chinaâs Bona Film Group , one of the countryâs longest running production companies, was a co-investor in the title. The film has received criticism in the West for its portrayal of its only Asian character, martial arts legend Bruce Lee
DiCaprio posted the news and a trailer from the film on his official Weibo account, which has two million followers. “Finally itâs our turn to see it in the mainland,” an enthusiastic fan commented below, accompanied by a plethora of crying emojis
Tarantinoâs “Django Unchained” received a China release in 2013, but was pulled from theaters on the day of its premiere and heavily re-edited to remove violent sequences. It eventually did go on to screen, but was a flop, earning just $2.5 million (RMB17.8 million)
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