To the disappointment of Chinese fans, who were already aware of the Fox film, the 2016 movie was not given import approval by Chinese regulators and failed to be included as part of the annual revenue sharing quota. No explanation was provided by regulators, though many in the industry concluded that the film was too sexy and too subversive for the regulators’ definition of mainstream acceptability. China has no film rating system and requires all films to be suitable for audiences of all ages.
Contacted by Variety, sources close to Fox confirmed the film’s selection and denied that it would be edited at the request of censors. “All festival films should play in original version,” the source said.