The Chinese cut will feature “bonus scenes” and there’s even space for a character, to be played by Fan Bingbing, who won’t be in the international version at all. Sounds like a throw-away “news reporter” gig to me.
I remember the import frenzy that surrounded the Japanese DVD of Kill Bill – well, in so much as anything that involves the surprisingly small disc-importing minority could be called a frenzy. I expect that fuss is going to be very easily trumped when the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 gets its home entertainment release. I also expect that a Region Free Blu-ray will be too much to ask.
Here’s Marvel’s statement:
Marvel Studios and DMG announced that a Chinese version of Iron Man 3 will be released in China on a date to be announced in the near future. DMG, a Chinese media and entertainment company, collaborated with Marvel Studios on the Chinese elements in the film, and is marketing and distributing the film in China.
While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements. Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience.
Marvel Studios’ experience working on this film with Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi and in shooting in China has been very positive and has created a springboard for future collaboration with China’s talented stars and its growing film and television industry. The Iron Man cast and filmmakers look forward to bringing Iron Man back to China.
This will be Bingbing’s first Marvel movie, though she’s also set to appear in Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.