Cinema chains in Vietnam have canceled the release of 50 Shades of Grey, the much-anticipated movie that has caused controversies across the world because of its sexual content.
All planned sessions for the movie have been pulled by cinemas across the country, including the CGV chain, which has distribution rights to the movie in Vietnam.
The film, adapted from a BDSM erotic romance that has been translated and published in Vietnam, was scheduled for a major release on Thursday.
Advertisements showed that the movie has been rated "16+" for mature audience.
Movie fans commented on social media that that 50 Shades' sex scenes may have caused Vietnam's censors to ban it, even though no official statement has been released.
A source said the censorship board once decided to cut 20 minutes from the 124-minute long movie to remove all steamy scenes between the two leads.
CGV could not be contacted for comment.
Some other Asian countries including Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the movie.
Protests have been organized by many religious and family groups around the world in front of theaters that show it.