China actress Li Bingbing (李冰冰) did not attend the world premiere of her first Hollywood film Resident Evil: Retribution, in Tokyo on Monday, due to the escalating sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan.
Her manager said, “We stand on the same side with our government. The Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will attend this film’s premiere in any other place in the world, except Tokyo!”
However, there are some reports claiming that Bingbing was denied entry by the Japanese government.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the film also stars Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Michelle Rodriguez.
The Diaoyu Islands are known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan, or the Pinnacle Islands, depending on your nationality and politics.