Chinese put Pirates to sword

The Hollywood film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has topped the Chinese box office, even though the first 18 minutes have been cut by the censors.

Chinese put Pirates to sword
China allows only 20 foreign films to be distributed every year. And the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television takes a good look at them before deciding in what form they are allowed to be viewed by Chinese film-goers.

Last year, SARFT objected to background shots in Shanghai, in which Mission: Impossible III was set, because it showed laundry on balconies -- a routine sight in countries such as China, but one SARFT felt demeaned today's image of a modern Shanghai.

Its latest cuts come from Pirates' opening scenes and feature Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat. They make the film sometimes hard to follow, according to Chinese film writers, even though the new Chinese start of the movie offers a written explanation of what is missing.

Official news agency Xinhua says the reason for slashing Chow's role as swashbuckling Singaporean pirate Sao Feng is for "vilifying and defacing the Chinese and insulting Singapore".

The Chinese magazine Popular Cinema reinforces this explanation: "The captain, Chow, is bald, his face heavily scarred, he also wears a long beard and has long nails, images still in line with Hollywood's old tradition of demonising the Chinese."

The Australian
Last Mod: 30 Haziran 2007, 14:45
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