Japanese Porn Star’s Visit Delayed Due to Indonesian Uproar

By webadmin on 11:51 pm Oct 12, 2009
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Anita Rachman & Putri Prameshwari

The controversial visit of Japanese porn star Miyabi to shoot a movie
in Indonesia has been postponed until an undetermined date, one of the
fim’s producers said on Monday.

Oddi Mulya Hidayat, from
Maxima Pictures, told the Jakarta Globe that after the production
house’s board of directors met with the film’s creative team, they
decided to postpone the visit of Miyabi, whose real name is Maria
Ozawa, to Jakarta.

Her planned visit and cameo part in a local
movie has sparked heated protests from conservative groups in recent
weeks, with students in Kudus, Central Java, voicing their disapproval
by setting fire to women’s underwear on Monday.

“She was supposed to arrive on Oct. 14,” Oddi said, “but now we cannot say for sure when she will visit.”

He
claimed that Miyabi’s management had detected hostility regarding her
visit to Indonesia, but would not elaborate. Miyabi’s management in
Japan could not be reached for comment.

Miyabi was scheduled
for a cameo role in “ Menculik Miyabi ” (“Kidnapping Miyabi”), a comedy
about two Indonesian college students who plan to kidnap the porn star
to exploit her fame. The producers said it would not contain any
pornographic scenes.

Oddi said the movie would go ahead even though the timeline was now uncertain, and may even be shot in Japan.

During
the Kudus protest, about 20 students rallied at a local Islamic
university chanting “Reject Miyabi.” Later, they burned women’s
underwear as a symbolic gesture of their disapproval.

Protest coordinator Anas said the porn star’s involvement in an Indonesian film would indirectly promote pornography.

On
Friday, about 50 members of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI)
protested in front of Maxima Pictures’s office in Central Jakarta.