4:06 pm - 04/28/2013

Iron Man 3 international cut angers Chinese bloggers

Internet users in China who have seen international cut of new superhero movie dismayed at lack of airtime for Chinese stars and China-set sequences

It was billed as a joint venture between two cinematic superpowers, a collaboration between east and west. But the comic-book blockbuster Iron Man 3 has now been split into two distinct entities. The version playing to audiences in China will contain Chinese characters and Chinese sequences. The official international version, by and large, will not.
The change has not gone unobserved by some film fans in China, with a handful of bloggers crying foul over locally-shot scenes that failed to find their way into the version released to the rest of the world.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios announced in March that the version playing to audiences in China would contain Chinese superstars such as Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing, as well as sequences shot in China. Yet some are still angered. Weibo user shiahsu516 wrote that Wang's role seemed "unnecessary" and said the Chinese trailer was "misleading". Another microblogger, UK-based Mr Stones P, described Wang's turn as "the walk-on of all walk-ons". Separately, Chinese bloggers and newspapers have noted that sequences shot in Beijing in December, including one in which Iron Man takes off into the sky in front of Dr Wu and a group of cheering schoolchildren at the famous Yongdingmen Gate, are completely missing. Also gone is a segue in which Mr Wu tries to contact Tony Stark on the phone.
Wang, whose previous credits include Yellow Earth and Reign of Assassins, told the Hollywood Reporter that he had accepted the role on the understanding that Dr Wu would be a major figure in the drama. "I said to this person contacting me: 'It wouldn't do if it was a character who's finished off after a few fights,'" he recalled. "I was then assured that, 'No, you're going to be the man who saves his [Iron Man's] life."
Wang went on to describe the character as "a very complicated individual" and the role as "very challenging". But the international version of Iron Man 3 reportedly restricts Wang's appearance to a 10-second sequence in the opening scene, plus a fleeting glimpse towards the end of the film where his face is obscured by a mask.
Iron Man 3 was conceived and developed as a collaboration between Marvel Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Director Shane Black explained that the film's producers required some scenes to be shot in China, but admitted that neither he nor the film's star, Robert Downey Jr, had shot them. "I was told they wanted additional content for China," Black said. "It was sort of an experiment and I was very interested by it … I looked at the scenes to sort of approve them."
The decision to release two versions of Iron Man 3 has already prompted condemnation from bloggers and critics in China. Zhang Pimin, deputy chief of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television recently criticised what he described as "fake" co-productions that did not contain enough bespoke Chinese content.
Iron Man 3 will be released in the US and China on 3 May.

Chinese Trailer:

It's pretty lame to hype up what amounts as cameo's as being important to the plot, I'd be annoyed too if I was in China. If you're gonna try to make more money in China you've got to try harder than this.
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wauwy 28th-Apr-2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
That's the way the cookie crumbles. They change movies based on where they're supposed to be playing a lot, I've recently learned.
imnotasquirrel 28th-Apr-2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
i for one welcome our new chinese overlords

(i want to see white people start complaining about the lack of white faces on screen)
flightbyzephyr 28th-Apr-2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Same, Chinese films are pretty good anyway.
_xxtom 28th-Apr-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
lol i agree.
it will be glorious
blue_birds 28th-Apr-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
lmao their reactions would be too funny.

Edited at 2013-04-28 05:16 pm (UTC)
lovely_tunes 28th-Apr-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
oh no, ~reverse racism~
age_of_green 28th-Apr-2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Eh, good excuse to learn mandarin. And I love the food, so as long they keep the communism to themselves, I'm ok with this.
prophecypro 28th-Apr-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Should make for some good banter with the guilt stricken race wank crowd tho
boss_sister 28th-Apr-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Well, it certainly has contributed to a marked decline in female representation in films, which was already pretty meager.
imnotasquirrel 28th-Apr-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
pfsh. well hollywood can't have asian people stealing facetime from the white people, y'know.

i hope iron man 3's attempts at pandering to the chinese market fail miserably.
jaimelannister 28th-Apr-2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
I wondered why Fan Bingbing got listed in the thank yous during the credits :/

this is silly.
ms_mmelissa 28th-Apr-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
She was supposed to be in it.

(googling tells me they cut her out of all versions but the Chinese one)
flightbyzephyr 28th-Apr-2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Well they filmed the China scenes when the rest of the film was in post, I don't think she was ever supposed to be in any version but the Chinese one. :|
shadowfax 28th-Apr-2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
walker_sarah 28th-Apr-2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
this is ridiculous
steffibunny 28th-Apr-2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
10 second scene? Sort of approve? Man they really tried, did they? It's like saying these scenes / actor roles aren't good enough to be aired elsewhere. I don't plan to watch it either way because the second one was terrible.
flightbyzephyr 28th-Apr-2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
I hear despite this fuck up the film is pretty good. Personally I think if you're gonna pander to China then don't puss out at the final hurdle y'know? I was looking forward to the China scenes.
punishermax 28th-Apr-2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
That's too bad cause the general consensus is that Iron Man 3 owns bones
slaughtermatic 28th-Apr-2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
But WHY? It's a high budget b-movie parody.
steffibunny 28th-Apr-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I heard so too, but I've been skipping all the big blockbuster movies lately and find that I'm totally fine with it.
hyunnie_x 28th-Apr-2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
3rd one is the best one imo i fucking loved it
wickedground 28th-Apr-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't fall asleep in this one like in IM2, so it was an improvement for me.
onyxrose81 28th-Apr-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
The producers messed up but China needs to take a chill pill as well. I think some people in Hollywood are mad because China wants Chinese produced films to have precedence in the country which hello, within their rights. China is outrageous in that they expect every Hollywood film to have a Chinese film star in a major role which is ridiculous. I fully expect that they want a movie made about the Roman Empire to have a Chinese actor playing Emperor. They're silly. It's like, boo, if my people (I'm black) still can't get a major role in Hollywood films, what chance do you have?
skyler_white_yo 28th-Apr-2013 04:03 pm (UTC)

Chinese investors plunked a shit ton of money into this movie with the expectation that there would be more than 10 second cameos of local talent.
onyxrose81 28th-Apr-2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
I actually just read something on that so that's my mistake. But leaving IM3 aside, I've read about the Chinese trying to dictate other films that they don't have money put in.
prophecypro 28th-Apr-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Dont get your hopes on folks!
theantipoet 28th-Apr-2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
there's some shady shit going on in China... I can't take the Iron Man 3 numbers very seriously.

they basically passed a law dictating that movie theaters need to have more people watch Chinese films than American, so if the numbers are off, the theater owners just switch ticket receipts from one movie to another.
ex_nihilo 28th-Apr-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Not that I ever approve of a white-washed Hollywood (never have, never will), if China wants to have movies that have a majority of Chinese locations and actors... then make your own movies????

Sorry, Chinese government, have several seats.
crystalzelda 28th-Apr-2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
lol they already do make their own movies. This has nothing to do with the convo at hand...

Not to mention this has ALSO nothing to do with the Chinese government.

Edited at 2013-04-28 04:34 pm (UTC)
saintvlas22 28th-Apr-2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
It's China - EVERYTHING has to do with the government!!!
canuckgirl33 29th-Apr-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
They actually have made a lot of amazing movies. House of the Flying Daggers is one
uledy 28th-Apr-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Hm, I wonder if IM3 was under some contractual obligation with the investors and/or actors to provide a certain amount of movie time to the Chinese aspects of the film? If so, curious if a lawsuit will follow.

Either way, this is a fucking mess and was poor judgment on all parties to have made this agreement. lmfao.
rabbitncavylove 28th-Apr-2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
It was .. China financed part of the movie
uledy 28th-Apr-2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
That does not necessarily mean there was a legal obligation to feature Chinese actors in, let's say, 40% of the movie...
Alex Winter 28th-Apr-2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
слишком много хотите от американцев, они до сих пор по-русски с ошибками пишут, а ведь столько фильмов о страшном ссср было снято
ex_nihilo 28th-Apr-2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Мы не понимаем вас. Мне очень жаль.
Alex Winter 28th-Apr-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
вот и я о чём
flightbyzephyr 28th-Apr-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
"too much like the Americans, they are still in Russian misspelled write, and because so many films about the Soviet Union was a terrible shot"

crystalzelda 28th-Apr-2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Couldn't that have just - gasp - added Chinese actors into the actual movie instead of cutting some random shit together only China will see?

But that would apparently not be possible. Can't have all those Asians on American screens!!! Idiots. I'm glad they're getting burned for this.
imnotasquirrel 28th-Apr-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
lol ikr
numbereleven 28th-Apr-2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
This is what I'm confused about. It sounds like they added some token Chinese and then got scared white people would revolt??  Why not just cast a Chinese dude as an actual role that was intended for the plot. You know like, as a person. 
flightbyzephyr 28th-Apr-2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
ikr? I think it can be explained by the fact the Chinese co producers came on mid production but still surely they could have added the Chinese element better than this!
hyunnie_x 28th-Apr-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
yikes, i bet this is gonna be a mess in the future

i'm here for iron man 3 tho, amazing movie
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