Cannes programmers announced this week, the last-minute addition of highly-anticipated Johnnie To/Tsui Hark/Ringo Lam action film, Triangle. Part of the hold-up was due to the waiting game for Chinese censors to approve the film. More from Variety:
Each helmer directed about a third of the film, which has a single narrative throughout and stars three of Hong Kong’s best-known stars, Louis Koo, Simon Yam and Sun Hong Lei. The three helmers produced via To’s shingle Milkyway Image. The film is being sold internationally by Dreamachine.
With its non-political and uncontroversial content, “Triangle” was widely expected to get past China’s censors.
But after the brouhaha caused by the unauthorized presence of Lou Ye’s “Summer Palace” in competition last year, which landed the helmer with a five-year filmmaking ban, fest organizers decided to play it safe and not program “Triangle” until getting China’s official stamp of approval.
The authorities announced Wednesday that the film had passed the board of censors and could travel outside the country.