By Erik Crouch
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
40 minutes of film are missing from the Chinese release of Cloud Atlas, as censors targeted “passionate love scenes” that were apparently superfluous. The cuts amount to 23% of the movie’s length, and were performed by Chinese distributer “Dreams of Dragon Pictures” without involvement from the film’s directors. Missing scenes include those “[with] nudity and those which the censors believe weakened the theme or confused the plot,” because censors are not only anti-sexual puritans, but also amateur directors.
According to China.org.cn,
“It sucks really,” director Lana Wachowski told China.org.cn, “But I believe you can watch the full version online.” […]
The full pirate version has already been released online and been downloaded millions of times well before the film’s Chinese debut.
Cloud Atlas, now more wholesome after receiving digital castration by censors, opens in China on January 31st. For the full release, please check listings on your local pirate video site.