The Hong Kong premiere of the Winnie The Pooh scary movie has been postponed.

This week, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey was scheduled to be screened in China’s special administrative area. But it appears that the horror movie’s release has now been postponed without a justification.

The film’s planned release on March 23 had been postponed, according to VII Pillars Entertainment, who also expressed their “great regret” on their Meta social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Despite the short notification, no additional information was provided regarding why it had been cancelled.

Chinese censors, who have previously targeted Pooh, the movie’s central figure, may be to blame for the abrupt cancellation. Despite the fact that the bear was initially invented by English writer AA Milne, whose first Pooh tale was published in 1926, this is the case.

However, memes that contrast the bumbling bear with President Xi Jinping have emerged in more recent political events. When Xi toured the US in 2013 and met with his counterpart at the time, Barack Obama, some internet commentators noticed similarities between them and Pooh and Tigger, and the comparisons started.

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Reuters was informed by Hong Kong’s Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration that it had granted the applicant a document of clearance. A spokesperson for OFNAA stated that “the arrangements of cinemas in Hong Kong on the screening of individual films with certificates of approval in their premises are the commercial decisions of the cinemas concerned.”

A new censorship law that forbids the screening or distribution of movies that “endorse, support, glorify, encourage and incite activities that might endanger national security” went into effect in Hong Kong in 2021, a move that appears to be connected to crackdowns on outspoken critics of the Chinese government in Hong Kong.

2020 saw the implementation of a national security legislation by Beijing in Hong Kong following anti-government protests in the city. The legislation stipulates penalties for any actions deemed to be terrorism, secession, collusion with foreign forces, or subversion.


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