Cam­bo­di­ans block Hol­ly­wood block­buster for neg­a­tive por­trayal

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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

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