China Censors Rebuked in Unusual Way Over Skyfall
Cuts spur official news service to speak out
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 2:38 AM CST
Daniel Craig portrays James Bond in a scene from "Skyfall."   (AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Francois Duhamel)

(Newser) – Chinese censors' license to snip has been challenged: Cuts to the latest James Bond movie proved heavy-handed enough to earn a rare rebuke from state media, the South China Morning Post reports. Skyfall opened in Chinese cinemas this week, but with cuts that highlight the problem with the country's often arbitrary censorship of foreign films, the official Xinhau news service complained.

Among the scenes cut from Skyfall was one where a French hit man kills a security guard in a Chinese skyscraper. Scenes of prostitution in Macau were cut, along with lines in which Bond's nemesis, played by Javier Bardem, spoke of spying in China and of having been tortured by Chinese security agents. "Movie regulators should respect the producers' original ideas, rather than chopping scenes arbitrarily," a Shanghai film professor told Xinhua. Cloud Atlas also opened in China this week—after 23% of it was snipped.

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Jan 24, 2013 8:46 AM CST
The more the Chinese censors cut, the more the Chinese public will realize their lack of freedom. That the Chinese Government fears a MOVIE is illustrative of their eventual downfall. It will take some more generations, but the Chinese people will throw off their Communist Emperors as they did the former dynasties. Whether a move is good or bad, whether it "insults" the people is best feft to the marketplace.
Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM CST
The cuts aren't arbitrary at all, they are scenes that make Chinese or Chinese looking people look bad. Skyfall was a bad movie before and after the cuts.