Cambodia Bans ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

Cambodia has halted the theatrical release of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The South East Asian nation argues that the film portrays it in a negative light.

The film was originally scheduled to have been released on Sept. 21. But that was delayed as distributor Westec Media attempted to deal with the censor’s concerns by cutting a line which had given offence.

The film allegedly carries the line: “”Cambodian land as the place where the terrorists stay and make trouble for the world.” The espionage comedy film includes scenes where spies seek out a drug lord’s hideout.

“After we reviewed the film we found some problems,” Bok Borak, from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts told Cambodian English-language daily Phnom Penh Post.

“I was very disappointed when I first heard that ‘Kingsman 2’s approval by our local censorship board was put on hold. We quickly informed Fox to cut out scenes and dialogues which mentioned Cambodia explicitly. However, they ministry banned it anyway even after the editing,” Simon Choo, Westec’s distribution director told Variety by email.

“It was moved to 12th October 2017 after we were informed that there were some concerns. This was to give us time to edit the version. Unfortunately, even after the editing, the board still maintained their decision to ban.”

Choo said that there has been social media criticism of the decision to ban the film. But it is unclear whether it can be reversed.

 

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