Porn star Miyabi's movie premieres in Jakarta
It had all the elements of a remarkable story - a Japanese porn star, the film industry, an allegedly outraged nation and Islamic extremists promising revenge - but in the end was a flop. The screening of the controversial movie "Menculik Miyabi" ("Kidnapping Miyabi") premiered on Thursday at FX Mall in South Jakarta without any protests by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), the nation's self-appointed 'moral guardians' who had expressed concerns at the appearance of porn actress Maria Ozawa a.k.a. Miyabi. Though the audience comprised mainly local celebrities, university students and reporters, members of the notorious group had been expected to attempt to infiltrate the premier.
(Jakarta Globe, May 06)
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