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A ‘Mission’ to China

Par presses censor for review

With Tom Cruise due in China at the end of this month to complete principal photography on “Mission: Impossible 3,” Paramount is moving to ensure the country is part of pic’s simultaneous worldwide release in May.

Par execs have asked the China Film Group for an expedited censorship review, the Sina.com news site reported Thursday.

“M:I3” would be the third film to include China in a synchronized bow after “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.”

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television must approve the film for release but must agree to the early review necessary for simultaneous release.

Simultaneous or early bows help films get the drop on pirates, who can put U.S. blockbusters on the street in China within three to four days of their North American release.

The shooting schedule and location had not yet been confirmed, as the choice of domestic partner has changed more than once. But a team has reportedly arrived in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai.

“M:I3” script calls for exteriors of Shanghai landmarks including the Oriental Pearl television tower; the Jin Mao Tower, China’s tallest building; and the Huangpu River, which flows through Shanghai.

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