According to an online New York gossip column called Page Six, the Owen Wilson movie “No Escape” has been banned in Thailand. They didn’t name their sources and after a bit of digging, it became clear that this was in fact untrue. Well, for the time being at least. Movie blogger @jediyuth was the first to tweet to say that the movie had already passed the Thai censors. A short while later, Major Cineplex, owner of one of the biggest cinema chains in Thailand, tweeted that the release date for No Escape had already been set for 10th September and that there was no doubt that it will screen in Thailand.
The original name for the movie was The Coup and it is set in an un-named country in South East Asia. According to the synopsis on IMDB, “a newly relocated American businessman (Owen Wilson) and his family look for a safe haven during a violent political uprising.” The movie was actually shot in Thailand. Local signs and any names in Thai were removed so that there would be no connection between the story and Thailand. Ironically, the movie was being shot around the time of the political protests last year which itself led to a military coup. So, I think when people watch it, they will immediately think of Thailand.
No Escape will be released in Thailand on 10th September 2015.