The people of Vietnam were excited to finally get the controversial and highly-discussed adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. But when the movie opened, those who went to see it were left disappointed and outraged. Why? Well, in the version that is showing in Vietnamese theaters, Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t have any sex scenes.
According to the Irish Independent, there was a lot of anticipation for the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in the country. It’s a film so controversial that it was banned from being shown in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Moviegoer Xuan Thao was one person who couldn’t wait to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
“The film was promoted a lot, so it made us excited and curious. We wanted to see what all the fuss was about.”
But when it turned out that the version being shown in Vietnam didn’t contain any of the heavily-discussed sex scenes, this left moviegoers, including Thao, frustrated and questioning the logic behind releasing the movie.
“It’s totally ridiculous. This version is rated 16+, but it doesn’t need an age restriction; a five-year-old could watch it. Even the trailer was sexier. They’d have been better banning it altogether.”
Bien Thuy Nguyen is another person who went to see Fifty Shades of Grey on opening night. Nguyen noted that the edits disrupted the film’s narrative and left a lot of people confused.
“Everyone was shouting and complaining at each scene that followed an obvious cut. They should have had a notice to say it had been edited. No one knew what was going on [in the story], especially if they had no idea about what BDSM is, or if they hadn’t read the book.”
In its first weekend of release in the U.S., Fifty Shades of Grey dominated the box office, taking in more than $93 million in its first four days of release. But, according to Box Office Mojo, bad word of mouth got around, and moviegoers didn’t find much interest in the film after its initial release. The film lost 74 percent of its opening weekend audience in its second week of release, but it still held onto the top spot with $22 million. After that, the audience for Fifty Shades of Grey kept getting smaller and smaller. This previous weekend saw it bring in just $2.9 million.
While the film has become a smash hit in the U.S. and other countries, the edited version of Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t doing so well in Vietnam. Once word got out about how the sex scenes were cut from the movie, fewer and fewer moviegoers showed up for it. This led to many theaters pulling the movie from their schedules altogether.
With the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, that means the sequels to the best-selling novel are scheduled to be given the cinematic treatment. Some reports indicated that the film’s lead, Jamie Dornan, may not reprise his role as Christian Grey for the second entry in the series, Fifty Shades Darker. But the Inquisitr reported that Dornan’s rep debunked those rumors, and the actor will reprise his role for the sequel.
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