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China`s online users rage after `Avatar` showings cut

By January 20, 2010Newswires

China`s online users rage after `Avatar` showings cut

BEIJING (AFP) – China`s Internet users were up in arms Wednesday over news that authorities planned to limit showings of "Avatar", the US blockbuster that has seen millions flock to cinemas across the nation.

"Avatar was late on the screens — how can they pull it ahead of time?" lamented one online user on, a popular web portal in China.

A news report posted on the website of the China Film Group, which distributes movies in the world`s most populous country, indicated that the 2D version of the film was to be pulled.

Zhang Hongsen, deputy director of the China Film Bureau, which is responsible for movie censorship, said tickets for the 3D version of the film were selling like hot cakes, unlike the 2D version.

"So it`s normal that the 2D version is coming off screens. But the 3D and IMAX versions of Avatar will not budge," he was quoted as saying.

China only counts around 700 3D screens — just 15 percent of the nationwide total of 4,600.

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