World War Z, a Hollywood production starring Brad Pitt, has given in to China’s censorship. The original plot is about a plague, which started in PRC China, threatens to wipe out humanity.
Paramount Pictures asked the film’s director Marc Forster and his team to cut a special edit of the movie to satisfy Chinese censorship officials. In the China version, the pandemic is called “Moscow flu” and the disease is first discovered by a heroic Chinese scientist.
As PRC is famous for its censorship, which is part of the country’s propaganda to ensure that people in China do not see any negative perception or information about the country and the Communist Party, and promote/boost nationalism to the people in China. By controlling information people in China can receive, they become more numb to whatever happens in the surrounding. China’s tight censorship is the PRC Communist Government’s “preventative measure” to stop any potential outcry for a democratic election that would overthrown the ruling party and corrupted government officials.
World War Z is not the first and certainly will not be the last to give in to the power of money. With a population of 1.4 billion, the financial benefits movie companies could gain by bending themselves over backwards are too significant. However, I could not help to ask the question: is it worth compromising on every level? If a government kills its own people, attempt to colonise and/or wipe out other races (Xijing, Tibet, etc)
Paramount said making a “special version” for the PRC market is worth it because it opens up a new market. Previously, many other movies have done/going to do similar thing and Kowtow to China, including 007: Skyfall, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Iron Man 3, Transformer 4, Men in Black 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Only 34 foreign films are allowed to be released in the PRC, hence Hollywood production companies have begun partnering with PRC companies to avoid being limited by such quota. According to newspapers, some industry players have already expressed their concerns over their freedom of creation would be affected by such partnership, but movie companies still insist! After all it’s a money business!
PRC China’s movie companies are getting bigger. Dalian Wanda Group acquired AMC, the second largest cinema chain, is a good example demonstrating PRC’s commercial strength. Eventually, it will become the dominate power in the world.
From my point of view, Hollywood gave in to this unjust censorship is a clear message to the world: China’s expansionism and world domination are becoming so important that the world is willing to sacrifice everything (I’m not referring to people’s dignity and principle) just for money.
Just a thought: from an ordinary person (i.e. not expert in economies and finance, etc), wouldn’t the US benefit from the fall of China, one of the biggest debtors to the US? Isn’t the cheap labour in China and the dumping (of goods) by Chinese companies causing trade deficit, decline of the manufacturing industry, etc? Shouldn’t the people in the US be more angry about matters like this? After all, it’s about their bread being taken away. Free economy works perfectly in an ideal world (just like communism works in utopia), but there has to be some sort of interference/regulation by the government when things are starting to go pear shape, especially when the people locally are suffering…
I can’t help but think that if one keeps on giving in to unreasonable demands by another, he will be walked all over one day! Time will tell what kind of nation China is – Hong Kong has been suffering from this totalitarian dictatorship for 16 years, will the world go down as well because all they could see is money?