The latest Minions film subtly reinforces a message for Chinese audiences that audiences in other countries won’t see: crime doesn’t come at a cost.
P.S. added to the version in Chinese cinemas says a villain, who ends the film as a free man, is later jailed for 20 years.
Foreign films have long been targeted in China for dealing with topics sensitive to the ruling Communist Party, such as Taiwan, the Dalai Lama and human rights.
In recent years, China’s film council seems to have broadened its aim to ensure that films convey the right message and are not seen as harmful.
That can be a challenge in a movie where the central character is a villain.
Minions: The Rise Of Gru is a prequel that follows the early years of Gru, the bumbling criminal conspirator of the animated series Despicable Me.
Solution: add individual rewrites of the characters, a bunch of them, interspersed with credits at the end.
One said that Wild Knuckles, an older villain who was like a mentor to young Gru, was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Before the credits, he just drove to a suburban skyline.
The postscript to Gru says that he renounced evil, joined the good and, in his greatest achievement, is the father of three daughters.
The actual story, told in the 2010 original Despicable Me, is a bit more complicated.
Gru adopts three girls orphaned for plotting to steal the moon.
But the lovely orphans, who saw in him a father, melted his frozen heart.
Chinese film bloggers have pointed to the added sentences in social media posts, causing mixed reactions.
Some say the addition is an overreaction to an animated comedy.
Others said they demonstrated the right values, especially towards children.
Jenny Jian, a moviegoer, said: “I think ending with positive energy doesn’t necessarily exist.
“It’s completely unnecessary.”
Positive energy is a buzzword that emerged in China about a decade ago and has been promoted by the Communist Party to promote uplifting messages from the media and the arts, according to the Project. China Communications Project, which tracks media trends.
The China Film Administration, which oversees the film board, did not respond to fax inquiries and the distributors, China Film Co and Huaxia Film Distribution Co, also did not respond to emails.
China does not have a film rating system to assess the suitability of a film for different audiences.
Instead, authorities require producers to remove or change what they consider inappropriate before the film is approved for release.
Minions: The Rise Of Gru, which has grossed 114 million yuan (£14m) at the box office since opening in China on August 19, is not the first time the Chinese government has changed. end a movie.
In Peppermint, a 2018 film about a policeman, the protagonist is handcuffed to a hospital bed.
A sympathetic detective hands her a key and in the final scene, the bed is empty with the handcuffs open on the railing.
The truncated Chinese version ends with her still in bed, before she gets the key.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/china-adds-postscript-to-minions-film-to-show-crime-does-not-pay-41939149.html China added a postscript to Minions to show the crime of no pay