Zhang Pimin, deputy head of the film bureau under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), told Xinhua in a telephone interview on Friday that the decision to cut Chow's and other scenes was made according to the country's "relevant regulations on film censorship" and "China's actual conditions."I've watched Pirates 3. It's an awfully long film and it's the worst of the Pirates trilogy. If not for Johnny Depp, it would have been a disaster. And I don't agree with how they portray Singapore in the film. Crikey! It looks like gangster paradise China! Come on!! Singapore doesn't look like that last time.
The cuts "will not impair either the continuity of plot or the image of characters," added Zhang, who refused to provide specific reasons for the cuts.
The Popular Cinema, a nationally circulated magazine, however, gave a clue. "The captain starred by Chow is bald, his face heavily scarred, he also wears long beard and long nails, whose image is still in line with Hollywood's old tradition of demonizing the Chinese."
Chinese censors also cut Chow's line in which he states "Welcome to Singapore" because it hints Singapore is a land of pirates and has already attracted protests from Singaporean people.
Friday, June 15, 2007
The Chinese authorities have censored Chow Yun Fat's role in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' because it vilifies and defaces the Chinese people. From Xinhua:
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