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As the Chinese population flocks to see the 3D re-issue of James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic, there is one part of the film they will not get to see. The country’s censors decided to censor the scene for fears that the audience might want to reach out and touch the Oscar-winning actress’ breasts.
According to The Huffington Post, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), decided to trim the scene where Rose poses nude to only show Winslet from the neck up. In the full statement from the agency, an official said, “Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing. To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes.”
The move is rather surprising, since China allowed the scene to go uncut when the film was first released in China in 1998, notes The Times of India. At the time, the film made 360 million yuan, about $57 million.
The 3D release has proved to be just as popular. Box Office Mojo reports that, when the film opened on Tuesday, it made $11.6 million on that day alone, even though a single IMAX ticket costs 150 yuan or about $24. That makes it Fox’s biggest release ever in the country and it was double the weekend average of the film’s gross in all other foreign markets. The 3D re-release has made $80 million worldwide, bringing the film’s total gross to $1.924 billion.