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Ex Machina

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  • Chinese Version
  • Original Version
Release: Jan 21, 2019 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Asphyxia - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the censored Chinese DVD and the uncut German Blu-ray


- 10 cuts + 17 blur-censored scenes
- cutting-time: 69.3 sec (= 1:09 min)



In 2015, screenwriter Alex Garland made his debut as a director with Ex Machina and delivered an entertaining vision of the future on the subject of "Artificial Intelligence". Alicia Vikander rebels as the female Android Ava against the mysterious creator, who previously earned a golden nose with a social network and secured enough data input for his project. Along the way, they and their predecessors occasionally use the semi-physical stimuli, or at least these were staged accordingly. This brings us to the main reason for this cut-report.

We have already dealt with cut-reports for the Chinese market like those for Logan for example. Logan already indicates what to expect at Ex Machina because the Chinese censors apparently rarely like to see nudity. So it caught all appropriate scenes with cuts as well as several blur-effects over the usual sex characteristics. In addition, a close-up of a razor blade on the arm was made unrecognizable. In Germany and also otherwise world-wide one remained at least spared from such interferences.



Term specifications are arranged according to the following scheme
Chinese DVD in PAL / FSK 12 Blu-ray
blur effects
67:00-67:10 / 69:52-70:03

When Caleb looks at the archive videos, the pubic area and the bust were made unrecognizable several times during the evolution of the Lily versions.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
67:15-67:26 / 70:08-70:19

Same game at Jasmine...

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
67:32-67:48 / 70:26-70:42

...and also Jade.

Remark: When she breaks her arms at the door in fast motion at the end of the scene, her breasts and buttocks only flash so briefly, so that the censorship in China has been ignored.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




67:59 / 70:54-70:58

The first normal cut: Before Caleb comes to her, you see Kyoko again in frontal close-up.

4 sec




blur effects
67:59-68:04 / 70:58-71:03

As Caleb approached, the breasts were made unrecognizable.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




68:04 / 71:03-71:07

Before Caleb opens the cabinet door, you can see a frontal shot of Kyoto, where he passes her.

4.6 sec




blur effects
68:04-68:06 / 71:07-71:09

The next time the cabinet door is opened, the pubic area was blurred again.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
68:12-68:16 / 71:16-71:20

The next shot with the girl behind the mirror door on the right from this perspective was additionally edited.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




68:16 / 71:20-71:23

Frontal shot of Kyoto again.

2.4 sec




blur effects
68:16-68:18 / 71:23-71:25

Again blur effect on breasts and pubic area. For another girl on the right this was not necessary because she was already excluded from the massive zoom.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
68:24-68:26 / 71:31-71:33

Again the usual revisions.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




68:26 / 71:33-71:43

This shot is also much longer, Kyoto stands by.

9.4 sec




blur effect
68:31-68:44 / 71:48-72:01

Kyoto's nipples are no longer visible. Same game for the robot ladies left and right in the image.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
68:50-68:55 / 72:07-72:12

Kyoto's bust blurred again...

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




68:55 / 72:12-72:25

...and said shot is also longer, she pulls the skin off her face.

11.5 sec




blur effects
69:10-69:14 / 72:41-72:45

Breasts made unrecognizable left and right.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




70:10 / 73:43-73:46

Once again, a frontal shot of Kyoto with cyber eyes was probably too scary for the Chinese censors.

2.9 sec




blur effects
71:01-71:21 / 74:40-75:01



Bad carving: When Caleb was testing the razor blade on his own arm, it was overlayed in several shots with the usual blur effect. In between Caleb can be seen briefly identical, it was summarized here with the one deviation-point.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




71:25 / 75:05-75:08

When considerably more blood runs down, the shot remained unprocessed - but was then stopped much earlier.

3.2 sec




blur effects
89:49-89:53 / 94:20-94:24

Breasts and pubic area made unrecognizable.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




89:53 / 94:24-94:28

This shot is also much longer.

3.8 sec




blur effects
90:13-90:20 / 94:49-94:56

The breasts were of course blurred during the close-up of the arm removal.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray



The camera has again taken over the censorship measures with a zoom to 16:9:

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
90:58-91:04 / 95:35-95:41

Blurred breasts again.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




blur effects
91:14-91:16 / 95:52-95:54

Both girls are looking smoother again in China.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




91:16 / 95:54-95:58

The same shot longer again.

3.8 sec




blur effects
91:48-92:08 / 96:31-96:52

Ava's breasts and buttocks were also made unrecognizable in two consecutive shots.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray




92:12 / 96:56-97:21

In a long additional recording, Ava looks at herself in the mirrors.

23.7 sec






Finally a small image comparison without any blur effects. The Chinese DVD is simply zoomed-in but depending on the camera adjustment also on different sections of the original image.

Chinese DVDFSK 12 Blu-ray