It sucks, I know, but it's official. According to the Vietnam Film Department, Cho Lon
(original title: Bụi đời Chợ Lớn
) has been banned. Given that local clearance is required before Vietnamese producers are permitted to release a film internationally, this means the film isn't just banned in Vietnam, but won't be seen anywhere.
In April, the Nguyen brothers' project was blocked by Vietnamese censors due to the violence of the killing between gangsters in Chinatown. And today, the powers have spoken, ensuring the latest action flick of Johnny Tri Nguyen will go straight to the dusty warehouse of Banned Vietnamese Films. As the Central Board of Film Evaluation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism concluded:
Cho Lon violated the Law of Cinema when showing scenes of gangsters blatantly set in battle, chaotic fighting with knives, swords, machetes, with blood spilling everywhere ... without the interference of government, polices, people or any other social forces.
Recently the producers sent the edited version of Cho Lon, which cut some violent scenes and inserted some appropriate scenes. But it's still not repaired overall, so the Central Board of Film Evaluation of the Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism shall not issue licenses for Cho Lon.
I heard Moebius was banned in Korea yesterday, but it's still luckier than Cho Lon. This news means it can't pass the Vietnamese censorship, which means it can't receive the popularization licenses, which means it can't be shown anywhere on Earth, which means 16 billion VND budget of the film will go straight to hell.
That's harsh! And it's now breaking news in Vietnam. The Nguyen brothers haven't said anything about this as yet, and maybe they're busy filming the new film Young Teo. Let's hope that Young Teo won't suffer the same fate as Cho Lon.
To see what we're missing out on watch the trailer for Cho Lon below.
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