The Chinese premiere of Memoirs of a Geisha, which aroused controversy in China and Japan after three leading Chinese film stars, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh, were cast in the roles of Japanese women, has been indefinitely postponed, the online Shanghai Daily News reported today (Monday), citing a report in the Shanghai Morning Post. According to the report, a spokesperson for distributor Columbia Pictures "remained tight-lipped on the issue." The spokesperson said that the company had gone to great efforts to bring the film to the China mainland and remains optimistic that a "satisfactory outcome" will be reached in negotiations with authorities.
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.