Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (梁朝伟) has been bombarded by netizens for taking the lead role in the Japanese period drama 1905, amid China’s escalating protests against Japan.
Netizens criticized him for lacking integrity.
Some even called him a traitor, to which his actress wife Carina Lau (刘嘉玲) expressed surprise, asking “Is it that serious?”
She said Tony was approached by the production company in 2009 but shooting had been postponed till now due to his busy schedule.
As Tony has not signed a contract with the film company, he will put off shooting indefinitely, considering anti-Japanese sentiment, added Carina.
Show Luo (羅志祥), on the other hand, announced he decided to cancel two concerts in Tokyo, scheduled for the end of this month to promote his first Japanese album, which will be released on Wednesday.
“Before the problem is resolved, I will completely cancel all my promotional events in Japan,” the singer-actor said through his record label on Sunday.
The “problem” refers to China and Japan’s fight over the Diaoyu Islands.
His fans also begged him not to go to Japan.
“Please, don’t go. A war might break out,” said one.
Facebook user Liu Ke praised his cleverness, saying, “Even having 10 Japanese markets cannot make up for the grave loss of losing the Chinese market.”
Singers Fish Leong (梁靜茹) and Yoga Lin‘s (林宥嘉) respective meet-and-greet events in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province on Sunday, September 16, were canceled as riots caused disorder in the city.