WorldViews: Why are China and Thailand scared of the ‘Hunger Games’?

By Ishaan Tharoor, November 20, 2014

The third installment in the "Hunger Games" movie franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" -- is opening Friday in U.S. movie theaters and other countries around the world.

But fans of the dystopian young adult series in at least two big Asian markets won't be able to join in the party just yet. In China, the film's release has been delayed indefinitely, postponed perhaps till January 2015. The reasons for the move are unclear, though the Hollywood Reporter suspects that China's film authorities may be keen on "balancing domestic and foreign box totals before the end of the year," and that delaying the American blockbuster's release would give domestic movies "a clearer playing field."

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