May 15, 2006

China may not release Mission Impossible 3: report

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese media have speculated that
flashes of underwear and other "inappropriate" images in the
China scenes of Mission Impossible 3 (MI3) might jeopardize the
mainland release of Tom Cruise's latest Hollywood blockbuster.

Despite hitting American screens over a week ago, China's
State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), is
yet to approve MI3's mainland distribution, the Beijing News
newspaper said on Monday.

Underwear hanging out to dry and other images "harmful to
China" might be responsible, local papers have suggested.

"In the Shanghai scenes, all the roofs and alleys have
raggedy clothes hanging from bamboo sticks everywhere," said
the Beijing Times.

The paper also said that many movie-goers found the scenes
shot in Shanghai and the village of Xitang "inappropriate,"
given both locations "became places for the storage of
terrorists' chemical weapons."

"Chinese viewers will have trouble accepting this plot of
foreign criminal elements fighting publicly in Shanghai," the
paper quoted one viewer as saying.

SARFT's final verdict on releasing MI3 is due this week,
the Beijing News said, adding that an official had expressed
that its distribution chances were "high" -- but some editing
would need to be carried out.

The official declined to provide further details, the paper