By Bridget O’Donnell
The State Department of Radio, Film and Television edited out two important characters from an, ahem, peak scene in Titanic. The film was re-released yesterday.
Chinese moviegoers hoping to catch the re-release of Titanic in 3D won’t get to see two very important characters from the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster: Kate Winslet’s boobs.
Government officials don’t want viewers trying to reach out and grab for the screen during an, ahem, peak scene. Seriously.
Says an official at the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television:
“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing. To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes”
When the film was first released in China fifteen years ago, viewers were able to see
Jack drawing Rose’s naked body during the famous scene in question. But the 2012 version has Jack only sketching a neck-and-above close-up, according to Offbeat China.
Naturally, netizens are upset. “I didn’t wait 15 years to see a three-dimensional iceberg!” said one user on Weibo.
In protest of the move, one user posted the entire 2D scene to Sohu. The clip is already beginning to go viral.
The film was re-released in China yesterday.
UPDATE [4/16/2012]: Whoops. Turns out that whole SARFT quote was satire.