China, long a place where hope and free speech go to die, has censored Johnny Depp's latest good-time seafaring romp because it "villifies and defaces the chinese".
Hong Kong star Chow Yun-Fat portrays the roll of pirate lord Captain Sao Feng. Local magazine Popular Cinema says:
"The captain played by Chow is bald, his face heavily scarred. He also has a long beard and long nails, whose image is still in line with Hollywood's old tradition of demonizing the Chinese."
Chow Yun-Fat's screentime was cut from ten minutes down to five.
They also cut a line where Yun-Fat says "Welcome to Singapore" because it hints Singapore is a land of pirates...
If China is going to take over the world soon, they better grow a thicker skin.