Director Quentin Tarantino has toned down the violence in his gory blockbuster Django Unchained to gain the approval of strict Chinese censors.
The slave-era Western is the first of Tarantino's films to be released in China as all of his previous offerings, including Inglourious Basterds and the Kill Bill franchise, have been banned due to their bloody content.
The Oscar-winning movie will hit cinemas in mainland China on Thursday (11Apr13), with "slight adjustments" according to Zhang Miao, director of Sony Pictures' Chinese branch.
In a statement obtained by Britain's The Independent, he says, "What we call bloodshed and violence is just a means of serving the purpose of the film, and these slight adjustments will not affect the basic quality of the film - such as tuning the blood to a darker colour, or lowering the height of the splatter of blood. Quentin knew how to adjust that, and it's necessary that he is the one to do it. You can give him suggestions, but it must be him who does (the editing). This adjustment for him is progress rather than a compromise."
Many other Hollywood films have been altered to secure their release in China, including 2012 Bond thriller Skyfall and Brad Pitt's new zombie movie World War Z.