China calls ‘Vice’ squad

Censors to cut down actioner

Chinese film censors are planning to cut 20 minutes of “Miami Vice,” including some steamy sex scenes featuring local heroine Gong Li.

“Miami Vice” is not due to screen in China until Nov. 1, once a blackout period to promote local movies is over, some three months after its global bow.

Chinese auds will see a 120-minute version of Michael Mann’s movie, with cuts that will cool some of the ardor in Gong’s passionate embraces with Colin Farrell. Pirate copies of the pic are already widely available in DVD shops around China.

The Universal pic was greenlighted for release at the end of August but newspapers and weblogs were convinced from the start that the sex scenes with Gong, a long-time favorite thesp of local hero Zhang Yimou, would offend the censors’ modesty and were certain to be chopped.

Gong’s last big international pic, “Memoirs of a Geisha,” was also pulled by the censors over fears it could provoke anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The country’s censors keep a sharp eye on foreign movies, which are restricted to a quota of 20, although this figure does not include pics eligible for revenue-sharing distribution.

The bow of “Mission: Impossible 3” in China was delayed over scenes showing underwear drying on the line and for not portraying the Chinese police in a favorable enough light.

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