Quentin Tarantino makes ‘Django Unchained’ less bloody for Chinese release

The director has made 'slight adjustments' to his hit Western to appease China's strict film censors

Quentin Tarantino has made “slight adjustments” to Django Unchained to help his bloody Western get past China’s film censors.

China is now the world’s second largest movie market but the nation’s state regulators have strict codes relating to violence and sexually explicit scenes. Django Unchained will be Tarantino’s first film to get an official release there.

According to Zhang Miao, the head of Sony Pictures in China, “these slight adjustments will not affect the basic quality of the film” or the running time of 165 minutes. Necessary edits include “tuning the blood to a darker colour” and “lowering the height of the splatter of the blood”.

Continuing, Miao insisted the director co-operated fully with these adjustments. He told Chinese newspaper the Southern Metropolis Daily: “Quentin knew how to adjust that, and it’s necessary that he is the one to do it. You can give him suggestions, but it must be him who does it. This adjustment for him is progress rather than a compromise.”

Django Unchained is among a growing number of films to be altered for this increasingly lucrative market. In recent months, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas and Red Dawn have all been cleaned up to appease the Chinese censors.

Tarantino’s Western is now due to hit cinemas in China today (April 11). Since it opened elsewhere last December, it’s already become his most successful film ever at the box office, grossing over $416 million (£271 million) worldwide.