'Avengers' Director 'Shocked' That Indonesia Has Made Cuts to His Film
Indonesiaâs Film Censorship Institute has announced on Saturday that it will be cutting seven minutes from âAvengers: Infinity War,â and the filmâs co-director Joe Russo is âtaken aback.â
According to the Jakarta Post and Kompas, the Marvel movieâs 156 minute run time will be cut down to 149 minutes. The censorship boardâs chairman, Ahmad Yani Basuki, confirmed that he signed off on the cuts, though he hasnât seen the film himself. He explained that since the film has their equivalent of a PG-13 rating, it must abide by guidelines concerning violent content that can be seen by underage audiences.
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Russo was asked about the censorship at a press conference for the film this weekend and said that he hadnât previously been aware that some countries were considering removing portions of the film.
âI canât image what seven minutes they would want to cut out of the movie,â Russo said. âItâs the first weâre hearing of it so weâre a little taken aback, but yes, of course as an artist you donât want anybody censoring anything or taking anything out of the film. This is a PG-13 movie, itâs not like itâs some radical piece of content so Iâm a little shocked.â
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This isnât the first time censorship in a Marvel film has made headlines. In India, audio from the battle between TâChalla and MâBaku in âBlack Pantherâ was cu t out, as MâBaku cries out the name of the Hindu deity Hanuman.
âAvengers: Infinity Warâ will hit theaters in Indonesia on April 25, two days earlier than most countries worldwide. The filmâs original May 4 release in the U.S. was moved up a week to reduce the chance of spoilers.
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