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Why Chinese TV Sucks and What is Uncle Chicom Thinking?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2011

Interesting post below. In essence it states that uncle chicom is discouraging movies that contain time travel and mythical elements. Living here is often like playing Chess, or the game of Go or Weiqi as it is called here. What I mean by that is that you often have no idea what the real motive for the move was. For instance, uncle C could be thinking that this type of movie could be used to encouraage certain anti-social behaviour but be couiched in an ancient setting. Setting all of that supposition to the side, this is just one more reason that Chinese movies suck. They must stick to shitty plot lines about ancient things that no one really even cares about any more.

From here

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of “fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.” “The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

The Chinese censors seem to be especially sensitive these days. But for the television and film industry, such strictures would seem to eliminate any Chinese version of “Star Trek,” “The X-Files,” “Quantum Leap” or “Dr. Who.” And does that mean rebroadcast of huge Hollywood moneymakers like “Back to the Future” and the “Terminator” series are now forbidden?”

from here


One Response to “Why Chinese TV Sucks and What is Uncle Chicom Thinking?”

  1. gowron said

    88 Miles per hour Doc!

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