Director Ang Lee says Asian audiences are more accepting of gay subject matter than Americans.
A Utah movie theatre, owned by a Mormon, pulled his new film, the gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain.
"I think Asian society is more open," said Ang. "I think there's pressure to condemn [homosexuality] in their [Americans'] religion which causes their homophobia.
"If Americans don't watch the movie, it's not a big deal. I feel sorry for them because they missed a good film. It's a small movie so we don't need to make that much money."