China cancels release of 'Memoirs of a Geisha'

The Chinese government has canceled the release of &to=' target=_blank>"Memoirs of a Geisha" _ a decision made amid speculation that officials are worried the sight of Chinese actresses playing Japanese geishas would stir a backlash.

The film originally was cleared for distribution on Feb. 9, but the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV reversed itself over the weekend, a U.S. film industry official said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release that information.

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