Censorship not behind delay of Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's 'Youth'

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/26 14:35:03

Photo: A screengrab of a poster from famed Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's latest film, Youth.

On Sunday, the team behind well-known Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's latest film, Youth, announced on Sina Weibo that the film would not be released on September 29 as was originally scheduled. 

With no reason given for the delay, those within and without the industry began speculating as to the cause, with many putting forth the possibility that certain content in the film may have caused it to fail review by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio Film and Television (SAPPRFT). 

However, on Tuesday the marketing team for Youth, Bravo Entertainment, confirmed with the Global Times that the film has already been certified for nationwide public release by SAPPRFT.  

On SAPPRFT's official website, Youth is listed as having been given certification in a post from September 20.

This is not the first time that one of Feng's films has changed release dates. Feng's 2016 film I am not Madam Bovary switched from September 30 to November 18 a few days before release. 

Some industry insiders believe that the fierce competition during this year's National Day holidays may have played a major role in the rescheduling.

So far, the film's studio has not given an explanation for the delay, and the marketing team declined to comment when contacted by the Global Times.

Global Times

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