Avengers: Infinity War Director Joe Russo was surprised at the news regarding the 7-minute censorship of his movie in Indonesia. Indonesia’s Film Censorship Institute opted to cut out certain parts of Infinity War to guarantee that it follows their storytelling guidelines of having a PG-13 rating. The chairman of Indonesia’s Film Censorship Institute (LSF), Ahmad Yani Basuki signed off on this censorship and it instantly made headlines. It is still, however, unclear as to why this censorship was signed off.
Russo learned of the edits during the Singapore leg of the global multi-city press tour for the movie along with Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr. and producer Trinh Tran. According to The Wrap, Russo was admittedly surprised and candidly said that he has no idea what part of the film could’ve warranted the changes.
“I can’t image what seven minutes they would want to cut out of the movie. It’s the first we’re hearing of it so we’re a little taken aback, but yes, of course as an artist you don’t want anybody censoring anything or taking anything out of the film. This is a PG-13 movie, it’s not like it’s some radical piece of content so I’m a little shocked.”
Seven minutes may seem like a nuance, but for a movie as condensed as Avengers: Infinity War, with multi-faceted storylines, it could spell the difference between shining a light on a character and casting him or her aside; or setting up a future event that’ll help establish a more cohesive overall narrative and not. So naturally, Russo sounds worried about the censorship.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see which parts of the movie ended getting cut out and why, considering the lack of explanation from the Indonesian Censorship Board. And hopefully, these unnecessary cuts don’t ruin the cinematic experience for the Indonesian viewers. They don’t have to wait long to catch this blockbuster as
Avengers: Infinity War drops in Indonesian and Malaysian cinemas on April 25, 2 days before its release in North America.
Source: The Wrap