After serial killer thriller The Liquidator (心理罪之城市之光) and Feng Xiaogang’s Youth (芳華), Wrath of Silence (爆裂無聲) has also been abruptly pulled from release in China.
Director Xin Yukun’s follow-up to festival circuit favorite Coffin in the Mountain (心迷宮), Wrath of Silence was originally set for release on October 13th following its international premiere at the London Film Festival. On Wednesday, the film’s official Weibo account announced that its release is being postponed indefinitely. No reason was given for the delay.
Wrath of Silence is a noir action thriller starring Song Yang as a mute miner who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy. The film received its world premiere as the closing film of this year’s First International Film Festival (July 21st-30th) in Xining. The London Film Festival screenings appear to be going ahead as planned with Xin in attendance.
Wrath is also the first pickup by renowned sales firm Fortissimo Films after it was acquired by China’s Hehe Films, also one of the film’s investors.
The abrupt changes in release dates for local titles come just weeks ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress, where a major shuffle is expected in the party’s top leadership. The changes will have far-reaching effects in multiple sectors of the government, including those that oversee the country’s cultural sector.