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Hong Kong Film Festival’s Opening Movie Cancelled Due to Suspected Censorship

31 March 2021

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Hong Kong Film Festival’s Opening Movie Cancelled Due to Suspected Censorship

The Hong Kong International Film Festival has scrapped its opening-night world premiere of Where the Wind Blows, a widely anticipated crime thriller directed by local industry veteran Philip Yung.

The festival said in a statement that the cancellation was made “upon request from the film owner” due to “technical reasons.” Over the past several years, such references to vague “technical problems” have become a common euphemism for last-minute censorship complaints by China’s increasingly repressive film regulators.

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