The Hong Kong release of British film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey has been canceled with the distributor giving no reason for its withdrawal.
VII Pillars Entertainment said on its Facebook page that it was “with great regret” that the film’s scheduled March 23 release has been cancelled. It gave no other details.
Chinese censors have in the past targeted the film’s main character, portrayed by English author A.J.
The comparisons began in 2013 when Xi visited the United States and met his then counterpart Barack Obama, and some online commentators have exploited their similarities to Bo and Tigger.
Some have used Poe’s image to denote dissent.
The Hong Kong government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ticket booking link on their Facebook page showed a message saying tickets were temporarily unavailable.
Moviematic, which organized the film’s Tuesday night screening, reported the cancellation on its social media page earlier in the day and cited technical reasons for the cancellation.
A new censorship law in the former British colony comes into force in 2021. Some films have been banned from showing in the Chinese special administrative region.
The city’s censorship code bans films that “endorse, support, glorify, encourage, and incite activities that may endanger national security.”
Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in 2020 after the city was rocked by anti-government protests. The law punishes all that is considered subversion, separatism, collusion with foreign forces, and terrorism.
Two films were dropped from last year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival after they failed to win approval from authorities.
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