2016 Chinese film starring EXO idol Oh Se-hun postponed again, removed from ticketing platforms
Published: Mar 09, 2021 06:38 PM

Sehun (left) and Wu Qian Photo: Courtesy of Huace Media

Catman, a Chinese movie starring South Korean actor and singer Oh Se-hun in the lead role and originally filmed in 2016, is being delayed once again as all related information about the film has been removed from Chinese ticketing platforms such as Maoyan and Taopiaopiao. 

The news took fans by surprise since many have already bought tickets to increase the film's presale box office and support their idol Oh. 

Originally scheduled for release in 2017, the movie was later delayed and only recently got a new release date of March 14.

The movie can no longer be found in the upcoming movie list on any Chinese ticketing platforms as of Tuesday and no reason for the removal has been given on the film's official social media channel.

A Chinese film industry insider told the Global Times that "it must have been a sudden and urgent decision, because the releasing date is still March 14 on Sina Weibo and media review platforms." 

The movie tells a fantasy love story about an internet product manager played by Chinese actress Wu Qian and an animal expert who is also half cat played by Oh. The director Park Hee-gon is also from South Korea.

The movie was originally scheduled to release after another film So, I Married My Anti-fan, a China-South Korea coproduction starring Oh's EXO teammate Park Chanyeol. So, I Married My Anti-fan was released in June 2016, just before South Korea decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system on July 8 of that year.

The movie's release had been seen as a signal of return of South Korean wave to Chinese mainland