Quentin Tarantino’s movies have historically been denied screening in China, presumably butting up against its government’s strict laws prohibiting escapist alternate histories and ladies’ unbound feet. Yet the Tarantino embargo ends on April 11, when China will allow Django Unchained into its theaters and mark the first time one of the director’s films has been made welcome. The nation’s State Administration of Radio, Film, And Television has been very clear in the past about not tolerating entertainment that can be seen as “treating the serious history in a frivolous way,” though this doesn’t apply to Django, seeing as China apparently finds the South’s brutal history of slavery hilarious. And while recent films such as Skyfall and Cloud Atlas have had their running times slashed by censors, Deadline says Django will only lose just over a minute of footage, the government having closely examined the film’s awful behavior and bloody body count, and been satisfied that no one was Chinese.
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