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Looper comes in two versions

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The science fiction film Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has an interesting premise and will be shown in a longer version in China in comparison to the rest of the world.

Normally, parts of the story take place in Paris but for the film, they changed the location to Shanghai. A special reason for this is to secure the support of Chinese financiers. The worldwide cinematical version of the film obviously featured too few scenes taking place in Shanghai for the taste of the Chinese. Responsible for that were test screenings with American audiences. For the Chinese version, some of those scenes will be re-integrated into the film. Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen.

 

LA Times: But now some of the scenes shot as part of the China deal won’t make the film's Western release. According to two people involved with the production who were not authorized to talk about it publicly, those moments ended up on the cutting-room floor in the English-language version. But the footage, which showcases Shanghai streets and landmarks, is being added back into the Chinese version at the request of financiers from the country.

The scenes, mainly exposition about how Gordon-Levitt’s character took a downward spiral, did not test well with American audiences, who felt it upset the film's pacing. “But the Chinese didn’t care about pacing, and they wanted the [China-set] scenes in, so we said OK,” said one of the two people involved with the film. (Some other Chinese scenes do wind up in the Western version.)

Release: Jun 24, 2012 - Author: Doc Idaho - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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