Saturday, August 15, 2015

'No Escape' banned in Cambodia

"No Escape," an action movie scheduled for release on Aug. 26, has been banned in Cambodia.

The film is apparently set in Malaysia, but was filmed in Thailand and uses props with Khmer letters. The trailer includes scenes of police carrying riot shields painted with Khmer letters, however the letters (or the shields) are upside down. This is the stated reason the Cambodian government decided to ban the movie.

A reasonable person might suspect the ban has more to do with the reported plot, which involves a family of foreigners caught up in a coup that lets loose bloodthirsty mobs. The trailer might remind some people of events in 1997.