Film se­ries’

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By CHI­NADAILY

Fans of ac­tor KaiKo, whowas re­cently de­tained by Bei­jing po­lice for drug abuse, are re­lieved af­ter his film com­pany said scenes fea­tur­ing him won’t be re­moved from the up­com­ing movie Tiny Times 4.

The film se­ries di­rected by writer­turnedGuo Jing­ming is based on his novel by the same name. The first three in­stall­ments have grossed more than 1 bil­lion yuan ($162.83 mil­lion).

Zhang Zhao, CEO of Le Vi­sion Pic­tures, which pro­duces the Tiny Times se­ries, told lo­cal me­dia that they have no plans to drop the ac­tor and hope the movie will con­vey the right val­ues. Tiny Times 4 is sched­uled to pre­miere in De­cem­ber.

How­ever, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Film, Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion is ru­mored to have is­sued a no­tice re­quir­ing TV sta­tions to re­move any com­mer­cials fea­tur­ing Ko, 23, of Tai­wan. Sev­eral ma­jor chan­nels, such as Zhe­jiang TV, have also re­port­edly de­cided not to have Ko as a guest any­more.

A to­tal of 42 agen­cies for artists signed an anti-drug pact on Aug 13 in Bei­jing, promis­ing “not to in­vite dru­gabus­ing artists to at­tend any events”. The pledge was made af­ter sev­eral such cases in­volv­ing celebri­ties sur­faced in the me­dia.

The Ko scan­dal is likely to af­fect the box- of­fice earn­ings of at least two other ma­jor films: the Tai­wanese ro­mance pro­duc­tion A-Choo, which is sched­uled to pre­miere on theChi­nese main­land in Oc­to­ber, and Mon­ster Hunt, a highly an­tic­i­pated 3-D fan­tasy that com­bines an­i­ma­tion and real ac­tors. Ko plays the lead in both films.

The po­lice de­tained Ko ear­lier this month af­ter he was found smok­ing mar­i­juana in an apart­ment owned by Jaycee Chan, 32, son of kung fu star Jackie Chan. Jaycee Chan was also de­tained.

Chan’s ap­pear­ance in direc­tor Chen Kaige’s martial-art-movie Taoist Moun­tain, which is sched­uled for re­lease at the end of the year, is also in ques­tion.

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