The Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Arts has banned the sequel to Hollywood blockbuster “Kingsman: Golden Circle” from local cinemas.
The movie was banned because one of the film’s villains hides in a Cambodian temple.
Local media reported on Thursday that the movie, which tells the fictional story of a British spy agency which teams up with its US counterparts to trail a drug lord based in Cambodia, was to open in Cinema last week.
But many of the movie’s episodes with the film’s villainess, played by Julianne Moore, took place in the temple located in the heart of the Cambodian jungle.
The Ministry of Culture said the temple in the movie can be compared to the Ta Prohm temple, which is located at the world’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex.
Reports say the deputy director of the Ministry, Bok Borak, said the ministry took the movie to portray the city as a destination for criminals.
“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 to dpa.
Simon Choo, the distribution director at Westec Media, which purchased the distribution rights for the film in Cambodia, told dpa he was “disappointed” with the ministry’s decision.
“For me, I think Kingsman meant no harm to any country. It is just a form of entertainment,” he said.