Django unchained abruptly pulled from China theatres

Apr 12, 2013, 09:22 IST | Agencies

The Chinese debut of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, a violent Western slave revenge tale, was suddenly cancelled on Thursday for 'technical reasons,' movie theatres said.

The opening of the film had been widely anticipated because of reports it would only have minor cuts from government censors, despite Tarantino’s reputation for violence.

It’s a no show: The movie was to premiere in China after the violent content was reduced according to the Chinese censors. However, yesterday owing to technical errors, the movie was pulled from screens. File Pic/Getty Images

Some microbloggers said the film had begun to roll when it was stopped and they were told to leave cinemas. “We got the notice from our headquarters this morning but it was too late to cancel two viewings,” said an official at one of several Shanghai theatres contacted. “We were only told that it was due to some technology problems and were told to cancel it. They didn’t tell us when the film would be shown again.”

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