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original title: Huo Yuanjia

Comparison:

  • PG-13 (US-Version)
  • int. Theatrical Cut (Unrated)
Release: Sep 15, 2009 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Sakaro - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the PG-13 Cut and the international Theatrical Cut . Both were taken from the US-DVD by Rogue Pictures.

PG-13: 99:42 min without credits (103:09 min including credits)
TC: 100:20 min without credits (103:39 min including credits)

- 22 censored scenes, 12x alternative material
- difference: 52 sec.

In order to get the more lucrative PG-13 rating, the international Theatrical Cut of Jet Li`s "Final Martial Arts Epic" had to be censored. Therefore, several fighting scenes are slightly censored.
Some blood had to be retouched and surprisingly the PG-13 version even contains some alternative material that`s missing from the international Theatrical Cut.
Credits
00:00-00:26

alternative logos/credits

The US-Version is about 5,4 sec. longer

US-Versionuncut



chroma keying
00:40-01:11

In the US-Version, the text is in English.



US-Versionuncut




alternative material
27:34

The blood has been removed digitally.


US-Versionuncut



27:46

The beginning of the scene is not included. Huo (Jet Li) grabs the arm of his opponent and breaks it.

1,6 sec



27:47

He also breaks the arm of his next opponent and that guy starts screaming.

1,5 sec



alternative material
36:50-36:51

No blood appears after Huo has hit Qin`s head.

no time difference

US-Versionuncut



37:40

Two shots are not included. First, the zoom-in on master Qin`s face that shows how blood is dripping out of his wound.
After that Huo`s hand, from which blood is dripping down his arm, is shown.

14,9 sec



39:39

Qin`s head hits a wall. After that, Huo breaks his arm and Qin starts screaming.

4,2 sec



alternative material
39:40-39:43

This is a bit more complicated, the scene, where Huo prepares his final blow is shown at a slower speed. Instead, the two extremely short (less than 1. sec) shots,which show how Qin spits blood one more time are missing.

(Only the missing shots are shown here)

no time difference



39:51

This shot is minimally longer. Qin is still spitting blood.

0,5 sec



alternative material
39:52

The shot of Qin`s back is played at a minimally slower speed (0,3 sec) in the US-Version.

Instead, an additional slow-motion of how blood comes out of Qin`s mouth is missing. (Only that is shown here.) After that Qin falls over.


The TC is 5,1 sec longer.



alternative material
39:54-39:56

Blood/wounds have been retouched. (On his chest and cheek)

In several other scenes with explicit fighting, the blood is less visible because in the US-Version special color-screens have been used.

no time difference

US-Versionuncut



alternative material
40:36-40:41

In the US-Version, this shot is longer and not inter-cut.
The Theatrical Cut shows a close-up of Qin and then moves on to a later part of the previous shot.

The TC is 1,9 sec longer

US-Versionuncut



alternative material
40:50-40:56

Again, the shot from above is longer in the US-Version and has no additional cuts. Instead, the Theatrical Cut shows the scene from a closer angle and continues with a later part of the shot.
(Qin is carried away by his own people. When they have have left and Huo is alone, the TC continues.)

The TC is 3,8 sec longer

US-Versionuncut



alternative material
43:28-43:34

The scene, where Huo kneels on the ground next to his mother is longer. The Theatrical Cut zooms in earlier and shows how Huo`s dead mother slides from his hands down to the ground. (Her wounded throat is clearly visible.)

no time difference

US-Versionuncut



alternative material
44:57

Some blood has been removed from the scene, where Huo butchers the murderer of his family.

no time difference

US-Versionuncut



45:01

The shot that shows the assassin lying on the ground was left away.

1,4 sec



alternative material
91:00-91:01

The blood-spitting Huo is shown longer in the Theatrical Cut. Instead, the US-Version shows a shot about how the outraged Jing Soon and the rest of the audience looks at Huo.


The is TC 0,2 sec longer

US-Versionuncut




91:04

Here, the previous shot follows in the Theatrical Cut (not shown again), then another shot of Huo follows.

3,5 sec




95:09

After Huo has been thrown onto the ground, a close up of Huo spitting blood is shown.

3,9 sec




95:14

The camera shows Tanaka from the perspective of Huo and then moves slowly toward Tanaka.

3,7 sec



alternative material
95:49-95:50

After Tanaka`s punch, the blood that is dripping from the mouth of the swaying Huo has been retouched.

no time difference

US-Versionuncut



alternative material
96:01

During the cutback to Huo`s punch against Qin, no blood comes out of his mouth.
In the TC, one can see the part of the scene that was cut out at 39:51, the US-Version shows the 0,5 sec. before that.

no time difference

US-Versionuncut



96:07

Huo`s fist is shown longer in front of Tanaka`s chest. After that Huo is shown earlier.

1,2 sec




chroma keying
99:22-99:42

The text is in English in the US-Version.


US-Versionuncut



Furthermore,the MPAA-rating is of course only included in the US-Version, which therefore is slightly longer.

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