The premiere of Chinese movie director and actor Jiang Wen’s highly anticipated film Gone With The Bullets has been delayed due to censorship concerns, the production company said on Monday. Beijing-based production company Beijing Buyilehu Film and Culture called off the long-planned premiere in Beijing on Monday, but said it would not affect the formal release of the film next week. “Because of some new developments regarding the film’s censorship, the premiere will be postponed. We will use the time to take care last-minute adjustments,” the company said in a statement on its WeChat social media page. Buyilehu Film did not specify a new date for the premiere. Ma Ke, the film’s producer, insisted that the premiere's delay would not affect the film’s formal opening. “The launch date on December 18 is absolutely guaranteed”, he told Chinese media at the weekend, during an airing of a 30-minute trailer for journalists. Chinese film regulators are known for their stringent degrees of censorship, as it does not adopt a system of viewer classification. It is also especially cautious in approving films entering into overseas film festivals. Jiang, an award-winning director and actor, is no stranger to China’s stringent censors. Jiang’s directorial debut In the Heat of the Sun was banned for a year from public screenings in China in 1994 because of its sexually-explicit scenes and depiction of the Culture Revolution. His more recent second world war film Devils on the Doorstep has been banned from cinemas and television in the Chinese mainland since 2000 as punishment for participating in the Cannes Film Festival without prior approval from China’s film regulators. His latest movie, a sequel to his hugely successful 2010 film Let the Bullets Fly that made 659 million yuan (HK$833 million), is an action drama set in Shanghai in the 1920s. It will star Jiang himself, Chinese comedy star Ge You and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.