The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Chinese film pulled from Tokyo festival in island row


TOKYO (AFP) - China's main entry to the Tokyo International Film Festival has apparently been pulled, the event's organisers said on Friday, as a bitter row with Japan over islands spilled over to the arts.

But the festival's secretariat said it would still screen Wang Jing's "Feng Shui" - the only Chinese film nominated for the festival's grand prize - because it had not received formal notification.

A statement carried on China's state-run Xinhua news agency on Thursday said the producers were withdrawing the film in protest over the island spat.

"The Japanese government and right-wingers have not shown a sincere attitude regarding the settlement of the dispute, which has seriously hurt the Chinese people's feelings," it said.