Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is Communist Chinese govt. afraid of the Pandorian revolution

The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic AdventureThe movie "Avatar" is being pulled off from 1,628 2D-screens in China, in favour of a biography of the ancient philosopher Confucius starring Chow-Yun Fat.

According to a report in the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, the move was made at the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that Avatar is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions.

Too much market share is never acceptable in a communist nation, after all thats the basis of marxisim. Anyways, what I am interested is the second point "drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions".

Millions of chinese have been forcibly relocated to make way for the skylines and govt. infrastructure projects. In Pandora, thousands were threatened to be relocated for the precious mines. Everyone knows what happened in Pandora - pandorians fought back and won the battle.

Now the chinese govt. seems to be afriad of the popularity pandorians are getting, they are afriad that their  people might fight back if not for those who are already affected but for those who might be relocated in future. This is what happens when you live under a communist govt, you dont have freedom to watch the movie you want to... you are forced to watch what they want to... (its about freedom, its not about the movie).

Whatever it may be, the distrubuters are going to be hit badly - I hope at least the distrubuters watched this movie before it is pulled out - I hope they learned at least something from the pandorians.

But can the chinese govt. stop the pirated DVDs!!