China will see a much shorter version of Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a huge, sprawling novel, so it wasn't much of a surprise that the movie version clocked in at 172 minutes — but Chinese audiences will get a much tighter version of the film, lasting just 137 minutes. Unfortunately, thanks to state censors they're losing some of the good parts, including the gay love scenes between Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy, plus some of the most bloody and sexual stuff elsewhere in the film. In any case, it'll be interesting to see how the concise Atlas does in China — it has to make a ton of money there to make the film profitable worldwide. [South China Morning Post]