Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

By Erica Martin, April 12, 2018

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When Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water debuted in domestic theaters last month, audiences who’d seen the original version noticed a few discrepancies

In an important scene between the protagonist Elisa and her aquatic love interest, Elisa’s nude body is obscured by shadows, which conveniently cover her in the shape of a one-piece swimsuit. Other scenes were entirely cut from the film, while still more were zoomed in on characters’ faces to edit out the nudity below, though both of these tactics have been used in the past and are far less obvious to filmgoers.

Shape of Water

After film critic Feng Xiaoqiang brought attention to the shadow swimsuit scene online, web users tickled by its lack of subtlety begin skewering it on Weibo by posting screenshots of other movies – from a shirtless fight scene in Black Panther to Titanic’s iconic topless moment – with the characters covered up via Photoshop by similar black shadow swimsuits. 

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

Chinese 'Shape of Water' Screenings Cover Up Nudity, Netizens Respond

[Images via Weibo, h/t SupChina]

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