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Nearly 40 minutes have been chopped from the Hollywood film 'Cloud Atlas' for Chinese audiences, deleting both gay and straight love scenes to satisfy censors.
'Cloud Atlas' is a pretty confusing tale - even without big gaps in the tale
The filmmaker's Chinese partners have slashed that version from the Us runtime of 172 minutes to a pared-down 134 to expunge the "passionate" episodes.
"The 172-minute version can be downloaded online ... so I am sure some people will prefer that to going to the cinema," said fan Kong Kong, 27, who lives in Shanghai.
Chinese citizens have recently become more outspoken, especially on social media, with complaints about censorship of imported films as well as the home-grown film industry and news media, »
"Cloud Atlas" premiered in Beijing, China on Monday night, but not before "almost 30 minutes" were cut from the film's 172-minute running time without the producers' knowledge. "We were unaware that our Chinese partners, Dreams of Dragon Pictures, had cut almost 30 minutes from the film," producers Grant Hill and Philip Lee told TheWrap in a statement on Wednesday. "We did know that, as with other countries, there were likely to be censorship trims and we trusted them to protect the integrity of the filmmaker's creativity and vision." Also read: Transgendered Lana Wachowski: »
- Greg Gilman
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