China Edits Out 23% of Cloud Atlas
Censors may have ditched gay romance
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2013 12:40 PM CST
This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks in a scene from "Cloud Atlas."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Reiner Bajo)

(Newser) – Thought Cloud Atlas was too long? Head to China: Its version of the film is 40 minutes shorter. Censors trimmed the film from 169 minutes to 130. So what was cut? The Hollywood Reporter guesses that scenes of a gay relationship were on the chopping block—and perhaps a sex scene involving Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

"Chinese audiences might want to see more of a popcorn movie, and considerations for the Chinese market were made in the making of the Chinese version of the film," says a producer, who notes that the edits were made in accordance with national censorship standards. Also sliced: the latest Bond film, Skyfall, which opened yesterday in China. It lost a scene in which a Chinese doorman is killed; new subtitles, meanwhile, wipe out original ones that discussed Chinese intelligence involved in torture and Macau prostitution.

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Jan 23, 2013 11:53 AM CST
Puritans always proving why they should be sterilized and shunned. Censorship.... proof there isn't a brain behind the badge.
Jan 23, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Just another measure taken by the CCP to ensure that their *uhumn* reputation on the Mainland remains in tact, and that the population does not see their nation through the eyes which the vast majority of countries do. Police State doing what it does best...control and manipulation. Here is one film that would not even be shown there:
Jan 23, 2013 12:14 AM CST
it's very uncomfortable to see homos going at it. good on china to see this filth is taken out