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Scenic spot in Chongqing wins suit against Transformers 4 production companies

(People's Daily Online)    15:06, October 28, 2016


Transformers are seemingly invincible, even in the latest sequel when Optimus Prime leads a lone army in the age of extinction. But the film’s production companies – U.S. studio Paramount Pictures and Chinese studio 1905 – proved to be much more vulnerable when they lost a lawsuit and were fined 2 million RMB for a contract breach.

The 2 million RMB is to be paid to Wulong Scenic Area in southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality as compensation for failing to feature the area’s logo in the franchise's latest installment, "Transformer 4: Age of Extinction," which was released in 2014.

Representatives of the scenic spot argued that the movie was shot in both Hong Kong and Wulong, but while Hong Kong featured prominently in the story, Wulong was largely neglected. Some may even mistake the location of the scene where Dinobot leader Grimlock is tamed by Optimus Prime as Hong Kong, Chongqing Morning Post reported.

According to its contract, the movie was supposed to feature a placement with Chinese characters reading “Wulong, China” in that scene, but the movie was released in theaters absent such a shot.

The scenic spot therefore filed a lawsuit in 2014. During the first trial in April, representatives from Wulong stated that the misconduct has caused losses in tourism revenue, and demanded compensation of 18 million RMB.

The Chongqing No. 3 Intermediate People's Court ruled on Oct. 27 that the total compensation would include 1.8 million RMB for revenue loss and another 209,000 RMB for copyright fees, China National Radio reported.

The court rejected the production companies’ counterclaim requesting that the scenic spot hand over a final payment of 1.2 million RMB and another 11 million RMB in late fees. The companies argued that the problems occurred because Wulong Scenic Area delayed payment. 

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