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This movie was suddenly pulled from theaters.  The reason is bizarre

This movie was suddenly pulled from theaters. The reason is bizarre

The low-budget horror film “Pooh: Blood and Honey” has been causing controversy for weeks. Especially in his native Britain, where the author of children’s novels AA Milne comes from. It turns out that the production has opponents on the other side of the globe, but for completely different reasons. In Hong Kong and Macau, screenings of the film were canceled just one day before its premiere. Theoretically for technical reasons, but in practice?

Pooh: Blood and Honey is a low-budget British horror film directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfields. The inspiration for the new and unconventional plot were the characters created by AA Milne in the children’s novel entitled “Winnie the Pooh”. In this film, kind and personified animals become bloodthirsty beasts.

As we can read in the description of the film: “Beautiful times of friendship and adventure are a thing of the past. Krzyś has grown up and left the Hundred Acre Forest and his faithful companions Winnie and Piglet to start adult life. Lonely and bitter Winnie and Piglet plunge into sadness and cherish each other anger that turns them into wild beasts. Their delicacy is no longer honey, but human blood. And at night they dream of cruel revenge on an old friend. Meanwhile, the unsuspecting Krzyś returns to introduce his beloved. twice to the same forest.

“Pooh: Blood and Honey” movie trailer

“Winnie the Pooh” is a public enemy in China

Many fans of AA Milne’s work harshly criticize the director of the film. There are also plenty of petitions online to block the screening of the film. Director Rhys Frake-Waterfield told Agence France Presse that he had even received death threats several times because he created a production in which he made psychopaths out of the heroes of children’s literature.

According to “”, one of the places where it was suddenly decided to withdraw “Pooh: Honey and Blood” from cinema repertoires is Hong Kong and Macau. Screenings of British horror films were visible on cinema websites and were sold. However, on the eve of the screenings, the distributor announced that the event had been canceled for unspecified “technical reasons”.

However, observant viewers believe that the reason is completely different. It’s no secret that the character of Winnie the Pooh has been a “public enemy” of the Chinese authorities since 2013. All because of the photo of the current Chinese president Xi Jinping during a walk with the then US president Barack Obama, which was juxtaposed with the image of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. The graphics quickly went viral, which did not appeal to the Chinese authorities, who ordered censors to delete them from Chinese social networks.

Since then, the image of the Chinese president has often been associated with the appearance of the character created by AA Milne, and some residents used the image of Pooh to protest against authority. In addition, “Winnie the Pooh” is blocked within mainland China, and any products featuring the world’s most famous bear are not available. Earlier, animated films from the series about a greedy bear and the Disney production “Krzysiu, where are you?” were not allowed to be projected.

– The film was to be shown in more than 30 theaters in Hong Kong alone. It was shown pre-premiere – it passed censorship. Then suddenly, in the last few days, something happened that caused almost all the cinema chains to take him off their posters. Of course, this situation has nothing to do with the quality of the picture – this is how the director says about this situation.

In 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule. It was then promised its own laws, currency and institutions for the next 50 years after the end of British rule, i.e. until 2047. The same applies to Macau, which Portugal handed over to Chinese administration in 1999. However, in recent years, the Chinese authorities have increasingly put pressure on changes in these places.

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Source: Gazeta

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