9 Oct – Sorry "Kingsman" fans, the sequel is officially not coming to a cinema near you.
Originally scheduled to be shown in Cambodian cinemas on 21 September 2017, it was announced a couple of days prior to its release that "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" had to be postponed.
Now it has been confirmed by distributor Westec Media Limited (WML) that instead of merely being postponed, the Taron Egerton-starrer will not be released in Cambodia after all.
No official reason was given. However, in the movie, the headquarters of the drug cartel is based in Cambodia, which may be seen as putting the country in an unfavorable light, leading to the ban.
A similar ban was previously set on Owen Wilson's 2015 action thriller, "No Escape", which featured upside-down nonsensical Khmer letters emblazoned on shields during a riot scene, prompting the ban on it.
Other movies that were also banned in Cambodia include 2014 Thai comedy "Namo Ok", the recent horror movie "Leatherface", and 2015 erotic film "Fifty Shades of Grey", though interestingly its 2017 sequel "Fifty Shades Darker" passed for screening in Cambodian cinemas (albeit with a few cuts).
"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" is the follow-up to "Kingsman: The Secret Service", which was also distributed in Cambodia by WML back in February 2015. To date, the sequel has collected more than USD253 million at the global box office.