'Mockingjay' Ban? Movie Pulled In Thailand and China Amid Fear Of Real Life Revolution

Toni Matthews

Is there something to the Mockingjay ban in Thailand and last-minute cancellation in China?

Fans in these Asian nations have been looking forward to seeing the movie, as have Hunger Games fans the world over. However, as the first half of the Hunger Games finale hits theaters, there seems to be concern that the movie could stir up a real life revolution.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 20, 2014

According to the Associated Press, citizens in Thailand who oppose the military coup, which occurred in May, have adopted the three finger salute as a gesture of protest.

The Thai government has a ban in place which effectively forbids ANYONE from making the gesture in public.

— New Day (@NewDay) November 20, 2014

Army officials admitted that the students were held for several hours for "attitude adjustment" purposes, although the meaning behind that has yet to be explained.

The punishment has not deterred angry citizens, who see Mockingjay and the other Hunger Games movies as a source of inspiration.

— TIME.com (@TIME) November 20, 2014

However, Apex Cinemas gave their own reason for the removal of Mockingjay, saying that the company was concerned that their theaters were being used for "political movements."

While it's not an outright ban, China has allegedly cancelled a Mockingjay premiere indefinitely.

There are an ongoing series of protests in Hong Kong. Though support for pro-democracy activists has waned, some believed the themes in Mockingjay worried Chinese censors.

— Report on Business (@globebusiness) November 20, 2014

There are reports Mockingjay will indeed hit Chinese theaters in 2015.

However, this conflicts with claims that China has unofficially moved to ban Mockingjay by canceling the movie's premier indefinitely.

— Variety (@Variety) November 18, 2014

Those items which are viewed as advocating the subversion of government authorities, a category that Mockingjay falls into, could be seen as highly vulnerable to censorship.

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