The Chinese government censored the mention of Shanghai in the latest Transformers movie.
Media regulators bleeped the city’s name in the soundtrack of the DreamWorks film. Reports say that this was done to protect the image of China against Hollywood perception — not just within the country, but on a global scale as well.
In the opening battle sequence, the Autobots and US soldiers infiltrate an industrial zone in Shanghai. The scene was actually shot in an abandoned steel mill in Pennsylvania.
Once the Autobots locate Demolisher, a lone Decepticon, a chase around the Shanghai highway takes place. (No, I cannot explain those technical terms. Apply to the nearest school child for an explanation.)
During the scene, a billboard of Metersbonwe — China’s first publicly listed fashion retailer — appears. The product placement is the work of Norm Marshall Associates.
On the web, some Chinese citizens commented about the sequel. One said that citizens were not happy about the movie, because "Shanghai appears to be very shabby in the movie which they think is not a real representation of the city."
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