Django’s film has finally been Unchained in Chinese Cinemas!

15 May

Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film, Django Unchained, has recently reopened in China, a month later after it was pulled off the screens for “Technical reasons”. It was taken off the screens after apparently not meeting the censorship regulations required by the Chinese authorities. A manager at a Cineplex cinema in Beijing claims that the new version being shown is one minute shorter than the original, due to several nude scenes being removed. Agreements were made prior to the opening of this film, the first of Tarantino’s films to be released in China, that any discrepancies could be removed.

 This isn’t the first time this year that Chinese authorities have removed films from their screens due to censorship issues. Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks was shown with 38 minutes of footage taken away due to what they deemed to be inappropriate love scenes.

According to the BBC many Chinese film fanatics are often left confused after a trip to the cinema. However, with half the film being cut and edited, I can’t say I’m surprised!




3 Responses to “Django’s film has finally been Unchained in Chinese Cinemas!”

  1. sb2g10 May 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Django Unchained isn’t the only film to be causing a stir in China’s ongoing film censoprhip debate. Iron Man 3 has recently hit Chinese cinemas with a surprising 4 minutes of extra footage. The extra footage involves local chinese stars in roles and scenes that did not exist in the orginal version. Furthermore, executives even changed the orginial story by changing the main villain (from the comic books) from a Chinese ethnicity to someone definetly not Chinese (the character is played by a British actor). This second point shows the extent some Hollywood film companies are going to to try and make their films more ‘China-friendly’ in an attempt to try and gain more revenue. It certainly seems to have worked with Iron Man 3 with the film already raking in over $100 million dollars in its first two weeks of release in China.

  2. na8g10 May 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    This is obviously not unexpected but the more incidents I see like this the more ridiculous I think it is. Obviously the cut of Django Unchained isn’t too bad as it’s just a minute of the film but Cloud Atlas for example, having 38 minutes cut, a significant amount of time, seems very over the top. Obviously these types of incidents stem back to the government and its ideologies, and it seems unlikely that this will change anytime soon, but you’d think that’s sooner or later censorship of films is something that will be phased out, as it extent of censorship has been decreasing over the years anyway. A comment by a Chinese director recently, who incidentally won Best Picture at the Beijing International Film Festival, said “”In the past 20 years, every China director faced a great torment, and that torment is (censored),” Feng said, according to an Internet broadcast in which his use of the word “censorship” was bleeped out. Many times, when the censors’ orders arrive, “you feel they are ridiculous, and don’t know whether to laugh or cry”. This seems like a very strong opinion from a Chinese director who’s clearly thought of highly. The limits on Chinese cinema clearly haven’t stopped Chinese people from going, and as long as it stays like that, I doubt you’d see much change.


  3. tw8g11 May 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Undoubtedly part of the problem arises from the fact that there is currently no film rating system as there is in the US and UK. As a result all firms are adjudged to be suitable for all audiences. These strict regulations have been attacked by the award winning Chinese director Xie Fei, who urged the authorities to impose a rating system and relax the current restrictive legislature. His sentiments have been supported by fellow director Feng Xiaogang who bemoans how in the last 20 years the issue of censorship has been one of ‘great torment’ to all directors. Conversely Mo Yan, recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature has defended censorship. Comparing the situation to the security checks you need to undergo at airports, Mo stresses the necessity of taking such precautions, in order to prevent the spread of defamation and rumours.

    In addition to this, up until 2013 a quota regulating the number of Western films released in Chinese cinema also existed, with only twenty being released annually. Despite competing with five hundred domestic productions, these twenty films managed to take 45% of all box office earnings, showing their undoubted appeal to the Chinese market. It will thus be interesting to see how the relaxation of the ‘Great Wall’ quota will effect the Chinese film industry in the coming years. Yet, despite these developments, foreign films are still likely to be treated differently. With Chinese state owned film distributors remaining in charge of distribution, domestic films will no doubt continue to be looked on in a more favourable light.

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