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If you thought censor happy China only affected censor happy China, think again. According to the LA Times, with more cash-strapped families leading to more big-budget film flops, Hollywood has set its sights on China’s fast growing movie market —and they’re making sure that Chinese moviegoers like what they see.
For example, in Universal Pictures action flick “Battleship”, Hong Kong officials are credited by Washington for their early detection that the unidentified visitors might not be exactly human. The Chinese save the day again in Columbia Pictures “2012” when, in response to the end of the world disaster, Chinese scientists build an ark which ends up saving civilisation.
Even Sony’s “Men In Black 3” joined in on the act. One particular scene completely cut from the Chinese MIB3: Will Smith’s character Agent J uses the flashy memory eraser tool on a group of Chinese people. Why was it cut? It may be construed as a reference to China’s notorious censorship.
With a limit per year on how many Hollywood films may enter the Chinese film market, competition for one of these coveted spots will surely continue — and it’s no doubt worth it. WSJ estimates that China’s movie market is helping box-office receipts around $50 million per film this summer.
So, basically, expect more Chinese-friendly depictions to continue as well.
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