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Saturday 27 December 2014

Django could get a Chinese release

Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington star in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained
Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington star in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained

Django Unchained could get past the Chinese censors after all if a few more cuts are made to the film.

Quentin Tarantino's latest film still hasn't been shown in China despite editing, with "technical problems" given as the excuse.

But now Variety has reported that it looks as if it could be released in cinemas thanks to public outrage about the decision.

Shanghai Film Association's vice president Shi Chuan wrote in the Global Times newspaper: "I believe the unexpected cancellation will do far more damage to China's image than the sight of Jamie Foxx's bare bottom could do to a Chinese audience."

Shi said he thinks there should be a better explanation given than technical problems and that the censorship rules are outdated.

He said: "Generally speaking, China's censorship is too strict and overly rigid. Due to the development of the internet, audiences have a far wider choice than before. The standards of film censorship should also advance with the times. Otherwise, they will become an obstacle to film industry's development."

Django Unchained was due to open in China on April 11 after toning down the colour of blood shown, among other tweaks.

But it's thought the film was pulled from screens because of scenes showing Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington naked.

This would have been the first Tarantino film released in China, although the director has encouraged Chinese fans to watch pirated copies of his movies.

China has no ratings system for films as if it passes the censors it's deemed fit for the whole family, with very few foreign films ever allowed to screen.

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