Cambodia has announced a ban on the Chinese blockbuster film “No More Bets” to address the film’s negative portrayal of the country.
Released in early August, the Chinese film “No More Bets” claims to be based on true events and tells the story of a computer programmer who is trafficked to an unnamed country in Southeast Asia and becomes involved with a violent scam organization.
However, the film also features Khmer scripts.
According to The Cambodia China Times, Multiple Cambodian government departments, including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, are closely cooperating to address the film’s negative portrayal of Cambodia.
The Ministry of Interior expressed anger at the storyline of “No More Bets” believing that the film severely damages Cambodia’s image.
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts announced the ban on “No More Bets”.
Additionally, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will collaborate with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications to take measures against the dissemination of film clips on social media.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Song Man (transliteration), revealed that the ministry has sent a letter to the relevant Chinese authorities through the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia.
I believe the Chinese Embassy is dealing with it, and we will continue to work closely with the Chinese Embassy.
Song Man emphasized that, at Cambodia’s request, the Chinese authorities have provided the full version of the film.
“We have watched the entire film, and it is an anti-fraud-themed movie. The Chinese made this film to convey anti-fraud messages to their own people.
However, it has affected the reputation of Cambodia and Southeast Asian countries, including Myanmar and Thailand, and has had a negative impact on their tourism industries.
Song Man underscored that “No More Bets” has had an adverse effect on Cambodia’s reputation as a sovereign nation. He stated, “Cambodia is not as negatively portrayed in the film.”