On September 5, 2012, Chinese actress Li Bingbing showed up at the Hong Kong’s premiere event of her latest movie “Resident Evil: Retribution.”
But for the last world premiere of the sci-fi movie held in Tokyo on Sept. 3, Li refused to appear amid the escalating tensions between Japan and China over Diaoyu Islands.
In response later, Li’s manager admitted, the politics were truly involved and her absence was a demonstration against Japan’s claim to Diaoyu Islands.
The fifth installment of the game-to-film franchise was scheduled for global release on September 14. In the film, Li Bingbing plays secret agent Ada Wong, a crucial character to the story.
The film is believed to a stepping-stone for the actress to Hollywood.