At midnight of April 10, James Cameron’s Titanic 3D and IMAX was released in China. Kate Winslet’s nude scene in Titanic became instantly the focus of Chinese netizens’ attention. In 1997, the scene where Jack draws the nude portrait of Rose was completely uncut and displayed on a wide screen in China, which was deeply registered in the memory of Chinese. 15 years later, when Titanic sails into the cinema again, the nude scene was removed by Chinese censors.
Many moviegoers find censoring of the nude painting scene unacceptable and ridiculous, “It wasn’t deleted 15 years ago. Why delete it now?” “I didn’t wait 15 years to see a three-dimensional iceberg!” Net user “Cambrian” wrote, “I just want to use a cliché that so many people in their school days love to use, the wheel of the history is spinning, however, it turns out it is only backpedalling.”
The epic film enjoys an exceptionally high status in China, not only because it is the first Hollywood blockbuster to feast Chinese eyes, but also for its romantic and emotionally-charged aspects that titillated Chinese youth. A net user even said, “I can only remember the hand print on the foggy car window.”
Xiao Fei, a resident of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province who booked tickets two days before the movie was released, expressed her disappointment about the cut after watching it Tuesday afternoon.
“I was a student in a primary school when I watched Titanic many years ago, but it was deeply ingrained in my memory, including the nude scene. It wasn’t deleted 14 years ago, and I don’t know why it was deleted this time.”
The epic was released to incredibly high acclaim in China, with its heart-rending storyline winning over young Chinese viewers.
The original Titanic stormed to 360 million yuan ($57 million) in Chinese box office takings in 1998 and remained the country’s top earner for 10 years until 2009.
“I didn’t wait so many years to see a three-dimensional iceberg,” Xiao Fei said.
Insiders pointed out that the removal of the nude scene damaged the classic work, and also spoiled fans’ memories.
Zhang Jiangnan, the director of Midnight Taxi, said that Titanic was the first movie he went to watch with a girl.
“This move (to cut the nude scene) went against the trend of the times and indicated the censorship system has failed to comply with the marketization of the film industry,” said Zhang.” I think we should pay attention to this change since this trend may be applied to other films yet to be shown or affect new productions.”
The State Administration of Radio, Film and Broadcast could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but some rumors circulated online that authorities decided to remove the scene out of concern that viewers may attempt to reach out and touch the screen during the scene and hit the heads of viewers sitting in front of them, “In light of the specialness of 3D movies, we are concerned that viewers may extend their hands for a touch during the scene and hit heads of viewers sitting in their front, which may result in disputes. In consideration for building a society with spiritual civilization, we decide to remove the scene.”
Selected comments on Sohu:
It’s been 15 years. The control has become stricter, which is even worse than two decades ago.
These son of bitches watched that scene themselves and just wouldn’t pass it on to the ordinary people.
Bro, you are being too outspoken.
Are they Buddhist monks who have pure hearts and few desires?!
A cadre at the SARFT must have inadvertently extended his hands and touched the head of his boss sitting in front of him while reviewing the film~~
The officials are allowed to f*8k, while the common people are forbidden even to watch.
The SARFT is really ridiculous. They must have thought of the ordinary people as sex addicts.
Then should Venus de Milo also get dressed? Some people see the arts, while others only see…The more filthy the mind is, the more obscene it seems to the eyes!
I suddenly realize that a few years ago, the SARFT banned the use of English abbreviations, which made us victims of “Mei Zhi Lan” (Chinese abbreviation for “American Professional Basketball”) for two years. The three English letters (NBA) were like a fishbone stuck in the throat that we so wanted to spit out. This year, the ban was finally lifted. Watching basketball games finally is a joy.
Those at the SARFT have a filthy heart, so they think of others as exactly the same as themselves. The people are just paying taxes to raise a bunch of pigs!
Censorship is the evilest of all.
Why any film is more or less cut?! Sometimes it (the cut version) really doesn’t make sense. Any film will be a few minutes shorter once it arrives in China. Damn. The SARFT has had watched the full version.