Cambodians block Hollywood blockbuster for negative portrayal
PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has banned the Hollywood blockbuster sequel Kingsman: Golden Circle from local cinemas because one of the film’s villains hides in a Cambodian temple, local media reported yesterday.
The blockbuster, which tells a fictional story of a British spy agency which teams up with its US counterpart to track a druglord based in Cambodia, was to open in local cinemas last week.
Many of the movie’s skirmishes with the film’s villainess, played by Julianne Moore, take place in a temple situated in the heart of the Cambodian jungle.
The Ministry of Culture cited the resemblance of the temple in the movie to the Ta Prohm temple, which can be found in the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex. Bok Borak, deputy director of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said the ministry took issue with portraying Cambodia as a destination country for criminals, according to local media reports.
“They used the Cambodian land – the temple – as the place where the terrorists stay and make trouble for the world,” he told the Phnom Penh Post.
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts was not available for comment. – dpa