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[Movies] Chinese Footage From Iron Man 3 To Be Used In Short Film
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.09.2013

The footage shot exclusively for the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3 will be featured in its own short film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The footage features Wang Xuegi as Dr. Wu and will be called The Prologue. A spokesman of DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based co-producers, said it contains sequences shot during production that were set before the narrative of the first film.

It will focus on Dr. Wu, who only appeared for ten seconds in the international version and three minutes in the China-only version. The doctor was seen meeting a young Tony Stark in the 1990s, having a telephone conversation with Jarvis, and using acupuncture-helped surgery to help heal Stark's injuries.

Wang said in April that he agreed to star in the film because he was told his character would have weight and would be "the one who saves Tony Stark's life." Since then, Chinese fans have complained that he and Chinese co-star Fan Bingbing (who plays his assistant in the operation theater) were cut down to nothing more than a cameo that have no bearing on the narrative.

The DMG spokesman said there are no confirmed plans for how the short film will be released, and online rumors about it appearing on TV or a future Blu-ray/DVD release are "speculations."

DMG CEO Wu Bing said that she and Marvel Studios are in conflict over "nearly every aspect" of the production. She said: "For example, about the Chinese version of the film it's us who fought loudly in getting them to shoot a scene at the Yongdingmen gate in Beijing. We spent so much manpower and money on it, and we had equipment we don't have here in Beijing to be brought over from Hollywood. [Marvel executives] thought there's no need to shoot in Beijing, but I think it's very necessary for the film to showcase the skyscrapers of modern Beijing ... and not the impression of China [that] foreign audiences had with [Bernardo Bertolucci's] The Last Emperor and [Zhang Yimou's] Raise the Red Lantern."

The scene sees Iron Man flying in front of Dr. Wu and cheering kids and was only featured in the Chinese film. Even then, it plays on a television set in the background of Dr. Wu's office.

Wu said she was hoping for Iron Man 3 to earn 1.2 billion yuan ($195.6 million) in China "to match Avatar," which remains the highest-grossing release there with 1.38 billion yuan ($224.7 million). So far, it has earned 482 million yuan ($78.6 million).


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