By Erik Crouch
Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” was unexpectedly pulled from Chinese cinemas last Thursday, but should be back on screens as soon as censors are done ruining it. If Django gets the “Cloud Atlas” treatment, we can expect the film to be short, wholesome, and utterly unoffensive. That transformation may involve cutting everything except for the credits; Tarantino creations are emphatically not censor-friendly flicks.
In a movie that features ultra-violence, nudity, sex, slavery, and general censor-cringing action, it’s hard to pin down exactly what set them off. The New York Times reports:
The exact nature of the problem is not clear, though speculation in China and Hollywood has focused heavily on the film’s portrayal of nudity. Its longest scene with nudity is one in which a naked Django, played by Jamie Foxx, is tied up and about to be castrated. There is also a shorter scene in which a female character played by Kerry Washington is dragged naked from an underground chamber.
These are the censors who chopped off a quarter of Cloud Atlas because of some sex scenes, and who deleted a gunshot scene from Skyfall so as not to disturb viewers. Some censor is likely treating Django as his pièce de résistance, deleting and twisting the movie until it is finally clean and friendly enough for the Chinese screen. In the words of Cloud Atlas director Lana Wachowski, “It sucks, really […] but I believe you can watch [pirate] the full version online.”