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Topic - Florian Fettweis
Filmmakers in China are hoping a reality TV show-turned-movie will be a Chinese New Year box office smash. But will people pay to go to the cinema to see what they've been watching by the millions at home for free?
Nearly 40 minutes have been chopped from the Hollywood film "Cloud Atlas" for Chinese audiences, deleting both gay and straight love scenes to satisfy local censors despite a movie-going public that increasingly chafes at censorship.
"I think it's strange to use the cinema as a distribution chain for TV content, it's not very creative," said Florian Fettweis, of Beijing-based media consultancy CMM Intelligence.
"Now they're launching it in the cinemas and I think the speed by which that happened ... is maybe very unique to China," Fettweis said.