Houston Community News >> Pirates of the Caribbean Censored by China

6/15/2007-- CHINA has censored part of the latest installment of hit Hollywood movie Pirates of the Caribbean for "vilifying and defacing the Chinese".

The version of the Hollywood blockbuster released in China earlier this week shows only about ten minutes of Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat's scenes compared with 20 minutes in the version seen in the rest of the world, it said. Xinhua, the state-sponsored news agency, quoted Zhang Pimin, the deputy head of the film bureau under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, as saying the decision to cut the scenes was made according to China's "relevant regulations on film censorship" and "China's actual conditions".

He refused to give specific reasons for the cuts, but Xinhua quoted a Chinese magazine, Popular Cinema, as saying the scenes were cut because of their negative images.

"The captain played by Chow is bald, his face heavily scarred, he also wears a long beard and has long nails, images still in line with Hollywood's old tradition of demonising the Chinese," the magazine said.

Chow plays Captain Sao Feng, the pirate lord of the South China Sea, in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

The film took in a record $1.3 million (about 0.6 million) on its opening day in China on Tuesday, the film's distributor, Walt Disney, said.

Disney said that some of the scenes were cut for cultural sensitivities.

"They weren't quite ecstatic with how the Chinese pirate was portrayed," Anthony Marcoly, distribution chief with Walt Disney Studios, said.

However, the same censors had no qualms with Chow playing a tyrannical Chinese emperor who kills his son and drives his wife, played by Gong Li, insane in Zhang Yimou's recent movie, Curse of the Golden Flower.