'Rush 3' hits wall in China

Chan's star power doesn't sway gov't

"Rush Hour 3," in which Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan gets mixed up with a Chinese gang in France, will not be allowed to screen in China, an import official said Thursday, citing an "overabundance" of imported films this year (HR 8/3).

"We've talked to the Film Bureau, and there's a feeling that while this is a good film, there already are enough imported films coming," said Xiao Ping, a director of international relations at the China Film Import and Export Co., part of the state-run China Film Group.

"This one would not be that popular, anyway," Xiao added.

Produced by Jonathan Glickman, son of MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman, the "Rush Hour" franchise has done "very well" at the boxoffice in a country where ticket sales are eroded by the ready availability of cheap pirated DVDs, an MPA spokesperson said.

China Film Group works closely with censors at the Film Bureau of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television in determining the 20 imported films allowed to screen here theatrically each year.

Asked if the Film Bureau had a problem with the content of "Rush Hour 3," Xiao said, "I'm not too clear about that."