Movie Based on Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' Banned in Thailand
April 05, 2012
Al Jazeera English
In a politically divided nation, the government censors of Thailand have decided an adaptation of one of Shakespeare's plays was too much for the people of the country to handle. 'Shakespeare Must Die' is a Thai language adaptation of Macbeth, and while the censors have not clarified what the specific problems are, it seems the political imagery had caught their attention. In the film, the grim reaper is dressed in red, the same color as a political movement closely associated with Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister. The main character, a dictator called Dear Leader, has been likened to Thaksin, whose sister Yingluck is the current prime minister. Thailand has a long history of strict censorship on moral and political grounds, something budding film makers believe will only change with time. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hays reports from Bangkok.
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