Thai censors have banned a Shakespearean-based film fearing an increase of political turmoil.
The Thai-language movie “Shakespeare Must Die,” which is based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has been banned from Thailand. Sensors claim the Scottish Play inspired film, which features a dictator named “Dear Leader,” could exacerbate tensions and aggravate political turmoil in the Kingdom. The character is said to resemble ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra who was removed from office in a coup six years ago. The film’s trailer also included clips from a 2010 clash between the military and protestors and featured the colour red, associated locally with pro-Thaksin “red shirts.” In Thailand, criticism of fragile King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 84, can carry up to a 15-year-jail sentence.