Friday, June 15, 2007

China censors Pirates of the Caribbean 3

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:
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."

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.
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.


Anonymous said...

It looks now way like Singapore or any South East Asian country!

Anonymous said...

Ok what!



Anonymous said...

Even Johnny Depp wasn't as entertaining as he was in the first two.

Anonymous said...

The problem is Hollywood doesn't give a damn about getting their facts right before they do a story that involves other countries especially Asian countries.

Anonymous said...

fuck hollywood!

alvinwriter said...

I hope the censorship of portions of this film reflects the efforts that are being done to prevent the piracy of such movies in Asia. Interestingly, movies like Pirates have been "pirated" by illegal distributors in the region. It will not be surprising to see CDs and DVDs of Pirates in its uncut version being sold in China and other countries in Asia.

- Alvin from The Entertainment Desk at

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Was Singapore not known as a pirate base too before 1819?