Korea shutters 'Avatar' release

New version not submitted for ratings approval

SEOUL – “Avatar: Special Edition," a re-release of James Cameron's 3-D epic, was shut down in local theaters Tuesday because the film had not been screened by the Korea media ratings board prior to the release.

20th Century Fox Korea, the film’s local distributor, received a green light for the film’s trailer last month, but had not submitted the full version of the film’s special edition, which has nine minutes of additional footage. The ratings board sued the 20th Century Fox, prompting the distributor to pull the film from theaters, with plans to reopen once the film receives approval in a few weeks.

The failure to screen a film without the board's approval can lead to three years in prison or the penalty of 30 million won ($25,110) or less, according to Korean law.
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