Spy flick banned for por­trayal of Cam­bo­dia

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

CAM­BO­DIA: Hol­ly­wood’s light-hearted spy block­buster Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle has been banned in Cam­bo­dia due to a scene that por­trays the coun­try and one of its fa­mous tem­ples as a hot­bed of crime, an of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

The ac­tion-com­edy se­quel fol­lows a fic­tional Bri­tish spy or­ga­ni­za­tion that joins forces with an Amer­i­can coun­ter­part to search for a drug lord’s hide­out, which turns out to be a jun­gle-ringed tem­ple in Cam­bo­dia.

Bok Bo­rak, direc­tor of the Cul­ture Min­istry’s film de­part­ment, told AFP the “unac­cept­able” film was banned from the­atres for “us­ing the name Cam­bo­dia as a hide­out for crim­i­nals.”

“And what is more wor­ry­ing is that it uses one of our tem­ples as a place to pro­duce drugs, to kill peo­ple cru­elly [...] So we don’t al­low the screen­ing of this film in our coun­try,” he added.

He said the movie was not filmed in Cam­bo­dia but the drug lord’s tem­ple re­sem­bled the well-known Ta Prohm — a site in the famed Angkor com­plex that is tan­gled in tree roots and was used as a set for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

“Our tem­ple is a world her­itage site that we must pro­tect and it is not a place for such things,” Bok Bo­rak said, adding that a let­ter will be sent to the film’s pro­duc­ers “to show our frus­tra­tion.”

Westec Me­dia, which pur­chased the lo­cal dis­tri­bu­tion rights for the film, could not reached im­me­di­ately for com­ment.

Cam­bo­dia is a pop­u­lar smug­gling route and des­ti­na­tion for nar­cotics, par­tic­u­larly metham­phetamine and heroin, and no­to­ri­ously cor­rupt au­thor­i­ties have made it an easy hide­out for for­eign crim­i­nals and fugi­tives.

The South­east Asian na­tion has in­ten­si­fied its war on drugs in re­cent years and there have been thou­sands of ar­rests, some in­volv­ing se­nior of­fi­cials. — AFP

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