Houston Community News >> Mission Impossible III Awaits China Approval

5/16/2006 Houston -- Will "Mission: Impossible III" find China impenetrable? Chinese news media are speculating that a release there of the latest in the series of adventures, starring Tom Cruise, might be jeopardized by images of underwear hanging out to dry and other sights deemed "inappropriate" and "harmful to China," in the words of Beijing newspapers, Reuters reported.

"In the Shanghai scenes, all the roofs ands alleys have raggedy clothes hanging from bamboo sticks everywhere," noted The Beijing Times. The Beijing News said that the film, which opened in the United States on May 5, had yet to be approved by China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. It added that an official said chances of distribution were "high," although some editing would be needed.

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