In a rare move an American studio film is having extra scenes ADDED to the version being relesed in China for Chinese audiences instead of being cut to please the local censors says The Los Angeles Times.
Writer/director Rian Johnson's sci-fi film Looper, will have two cuts - the one that most of the world (including the U.S.) will see, and a longer and more Shanghai-centric version which will open in Chinese theaters.
The story follows a hit man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is charged with offing targets sent from the future but finds himself in a quandary after he is ordered to kill his future self (Bruce Willis).
Endgame Entertainment and China based DMG Entertainment co-produced the film that is partly set in Shanghai.
The scenes in question are moments of exposition with Gordon-Levitt's character that also showcased Shanghai streets and landmarks. The scenes didn't work with American test audiences who thought they affected the pacing slowing the movie down, so they won't be included in the cut that goes abroad.
Emily Blunt, Paul Dano Xu Qing Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo and Noah Segan also star in the flick.
The film hits the US on September 28th