Three months after its debut in the US, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is scheduled for a China release on Oct. 25.
DiCaprio posted the news of the China release, plus a trailer from the film, on his official Weibo account.
The mainland opening will hit after the country’s National Day holiday in the first week of October, which this year marks a key and politically sensitive anniversary — the 70th year of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Censors have been on high alert ahead of the important date for the ruling Communist Party.
The weeklong holiday is typically a time when Chinese authorities impose an unofficial blackout on foreign titles in order to support the local industry. This year, it is also an occasion where the lineup will be dominated by animated titles and patriotic films that laud the ruling party.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will hit Chinese theaters just after Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” which will debut in the Middle Kingdom on Oct. 18.
Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Manson murders, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a once-popular Western actor now struggling to maintain relevance and Brad Pitt as his trusty stunt double, alongside Margot Robbie as his neighbor, actress Sharon Tate.