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'Monster Hunter' pulled from cinemas in China after 'racist' scene backlash

December 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Hollywood fantasy action movie "Monster Hunter" has been pulled from theaters in China days after its release, following uproar on social media about a pun in the script that some viewers said was racist.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Hollywood fantasy action movie "Monster Hunter" has been pulled from theaters in China days after its release, following uproar on social media about a pun in the script that some viewers said was racist.

While CNN Business was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the footage, Constantin Film, a German company that co-produced the movie, said that it has "sincerely" apologized to Chinese audiences.

The backlash to "Monster Hunter" comes despite the movie being co-produced with Chinese company Tencent Films, part of the Tencent (TCEHY) tech group.

"Starting today, cinemas around the country will stop playing the movie Monster Hunter," the company said.

However, a quota of only 30 to 40 foreign movies are allowed to screen in China every year by the government, leading some US studios to partner with Chinese companies to try and ensure their films can be screened there.

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