Kai Ko’s Films May Be Banned in China
It has been reported that China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has put a ban on works featuring celebrities who have committed drug and sex crimes. SARFT issued a formal notice of the ban on September 29.
Upcoming films starring Kai Ko (柯震東), who was arrested for marijuana use in August, face uncertainty. A Choo <打噴嚏>, a romance film starring Kai and Ariel Lin (林依晨), was originally slated to premiere in China on October 4, but the distributers pulled the film. Kai’s other films, Tiny Times 4.0 <小時代4：靈魂盡頭> and Monster Hunt <捉妖記> were promoted as 2015’s Lunar New Year films, but their release dates may be postponed. Monster Hunt was originally supposed to have a press conference held in early October, but this was canceled last minute. However, the producers of Monster Hunt said the distributers have not notified them about a change in its release date.
In response, Kai’s manager stated, “We are very sorry and regretful that it has all come to this. We have wholeheartedly realized our mistakes and hope we will be given the chance to correct our wrongdoings.”
Jaycee Chan (房祖名), who was arrested for marijuana use and possession along with Kai Ko, will also be facing a similar ban in China. His film, A Monk in a Floating World <道士下山>, which is slated to open in December, may also be pulled from cinemas. However, as it has been reported that Jaycee does not have much screentime in the film, it is possible that the film will be shown in China as scheduled after his scenes are cut.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.