China Blocks Filming of Movie About Japan War

The government of China blocked the filming of a Hollywood movie about drugs, sex and war during the Japanese occupation of China in 1941, Variety reported.

Director Helmer Mikael Hafstrom said he didn't know why a permit was denied by China's Film Bureau, the Hollywood trade publication reported. Hafstrom, who has been in China since September working on ``Shanghai,'' said the Weinstein Co. has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on pre- production.

The movie was to star John Cusack, China's Gong Li, and Japan's Ken Watanabe, Variety reported. Hafstrom said he plans to move the filming to Hong Kong.

Among possible reasons for the denial suggested by unidentified production sources were Chinese concerns about the country's image, the portrayal of foreign powers and of drug use, Variety reported.

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