Li Bingbing’s “Resident Evil: Retribution” Shelved in China Due to Anti-Japanese Sentiment
Li Bingbing’s (李冰冰) new movie, Resident Evil: Retribution may not release in mainland Chinese theaters. Due to China’s dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, anti-Japanese sentiments continue to rise each day. Since Resident Evil: Retribution is adapted from the popular Japanese game, the film was rumored to be shelved in mainland China indefinitely.
Resident Evil: Retribution was originally scheduled to premiere in China on September 14, but due to unstated reasons, the film was pulled from the theatrical release two weeks prior. The new date for its mainland premiere has not been confirmed.
“From what we know, the film should be released in China in mid-October or early November. It should not be shelved,” Bingbing’s manager stated. However, she has not received confirmed from the distribution authorities. “If Resident Evil: Retribution is not released in mainland China, it may be due to other reasons and not because it was adapted from a Japanese video game.”
The China Radio and Television Association (CRTA) released a public statement yesterday to support China in its dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. The CRTA published a list of 255 artists pledging their support for the Chinese government in the sovereignty claims of the Diaoyu Islands. Although the CRTA had included her name in the statement, Li Bingbing claimed that she was not aware of its contents.
The CRTA stated, “As Chinese actors and public figures, they will fulfill their mission of maintaining social order. They will be rationally patriotic, civically patriotic, law-abiding patriotic, and sensibly anti-Japanese…. The Chinese actors are willing to do everything in the spirit of the moral and material actions to support the CPC Central Committee…to carry out rational and beneficial safeguarding of national sovereignty and territorial integrity in all actions.”
Although Jay Chou (周杰倫), Faye Wong (王菲), and Shawn Yue (余文樂) were claimed by the CRTA to be association members, the managers of the respective artists denied this. The artists did now know that their names would be published in the CRTA’s statement.
Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) indicated that she was unaware of the contents of the CRTA statement. Through her manager, Yang Mi (楊冪) indicated full support toward the CRTA’s actions.
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