Wednesday 17 January 2018

Chinese censors cut Cloud Atlas by 40 minutes

FILM'S Chinese premier sees Cloud Atlas version almost a quarter of the length of the American original.

The Chinese release of Cloud Atlas will be 40 minutes shorter than the original American release of the film, state media have announced after the film's premiere.

The reports follow complaints from film fans over deletions made to the James Bond film Skyfall, also out this week in China.

When Cloud Atlas was released in America at the end of last year, it had a run time of 172 minutes. But cuts made by China's State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) have whittled it down to just over two hours, as reported by Xiaoxiang Morning Post.

The scenes cut include nudity and those which the censors believe weakened the theme or confused the plot. The film is based on the novel Cloud Atlas by British author David Mitchell. Its complicated narrative involves six interweaving stories from different eras, one of which is set in a dystopian future Korea run by a corporate totalitarian culture. The film has been attacked by Media Action Network for Asian Americans for using Caucasian actor Jim Sturgess to play a central Korean role.

SARFT officials could not be reached for comment. As cuts to Skyfall have shown, censors will remove what they consider negative portrayal of contemporary politics or social issues which may lead to unrest.

Cloud Atlas, which stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw, is released in the UK on 22 February.

Alice Vincent

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