BEIJING • China’s most well-known actress Fan Bingbing might have been noticed in public for the primary time in additional than three months, however a film linked to her tax-evasion case might not see daylight.
The 37-year-old actress was ordered to pay greater than 800 million yuan (S$158 million) in overdue taxes and fines earlier this month, after an investigation by the Chinese tax authorities found that she had break up her contract to evade taxes of seven.three million yuan over funds for her position in Air Strike, in keeping with Xinhua news company.
The film, primarily based on the Japanese bombings of Chinese metropolis Chongqing throughout World War II, was initially scheduled to be launched on Aug 17.
However, the distributor introduced then that its release in China can be moved to Oct 26 to coincide with the global release.
The announcement in August got here amid the peak of Fan’s high-profile disappearance, when she was concerned within the storm over her alleged inking of the so-called “yin-and-yang contracts” in a bid to keep away from paying extra taxes.
Ironically, Fan has solely a small position in Air Strike, although her title was positioned prominently within the unique film poster.
Her title was later faraway from the poster of the film, which is also referred to as Unbreakable Spirit.
However, the film boasted a star-studded forged, together with Chinese actor Liu Ye, American actor Bruce Willis and South Korean actor Song Seung-heon.
There have been additionally particular appearances by American actor Adrien Brody and Hong Kong stars equivalent to Nicholas Tse, Eric Tsang and Simon Yam.
American actor-director Mel Gibson, who directed critically acclaimed conflict film Hacksaw Ridge (2016), served as artwork director for the movie.
In an indication of issues to come, Air Strike director Xiao Feng up to date a put up on Weibo, China’s model of Twitter, on Wednesday, however with no info just like the date of the film’s release.
Instead, he wrote: “No amount of facts will help, no amount of innocence can stop the smearing, no amount of efforts can avoid the break-off, it’s time to let go.”
Sina Entertainment web site confirmed later that plans to display screen the film have been dropped.
In the identical Weibo put up, Xiao apologised to followers who have been ready for the film’s release, as he lamented the canning of his work which has been eight years within the making.