China cuts 20 minutes from 'Vice'


BEIJING -- Twenty minutes, including steamy sex scenes between Gong Li and Colin Farrell, will be cut from "Miami Vice" before it opens in China at the end of October, a Beijing newspaper reported Wednesday.

A 120-minute version of the big-screen remake of the 1980s cop show will open on the mainland three months after its world premiere, the Beijing Morning Post said, citing official industry sources.

State-run China Film Group, which is importing the film by director Michael Mann, declined to confirm the report when officials were reached by telephone.

Each year, China allows just 20 imported films to keep a percentage of their boxoffice take and maintains a tight watch over content, often cutting scenes that offend Communist Party censors.

Beijing banned "Memoirs of a Geisha," starring Gong and Zhang Ziyi, after a public outcry about the Chinese stars' portrayal of Japanese courtesans and reported concerns about stoking long-time animosity toward their Asian neighbors. A scene of Tom Cruise killing a Chinese security guard in Shanghai was erased from the version of "Mission: Impossible III" released here.

"Miami Vice" earned $25 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. and its cumulative global earnings stand at more than $155.5 million.