Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

Avatar – thought provokingly dangerous.

January 20, 2010

Over the past few weeks, the release of Avatar has seen yet another James Cameron movie storm to the top, pulling in over a billion dollars and possibly (if not already) becomming the highest grossing film in history. James Cameron seemingly cant lose when it comes to making movies, having created some absolute classics, and I can say that I too am a fan of his work.

Having been somewhat sceptical myself of this latest blockbuster, I was refreshingly surprised by just how good Avatar actually was. I was certain from the trailers that it would be all fx, no substance; not unlike George Lucas’s abortive Star Wars prequels. The opposite was true however, and whilst the story wasn’t particularly original, it was suitably epic, and the world that James Cameron created was simply mind-blowing.

Now Avatar also had the honour of being one of a small selection of foreign movies to be released in China. Every year only a certain amount are allowed to be screened in what I assume is the result of vigorous censorship. I saw Iron Man whilst living in China and it was heavily edited in parts – and since seeing an unedited version, some of the removed scenes were completely odd, and this particular whitie cant make sense of it.

Avatar was released in 2D and 3D (go see it in 3d, seriously!) across China, and as of the 23 January, will cease playing on 2D screens in China. As only a handful of cinema’s in China are equipped for 3D, this effectively means that the general release across the country has been canned.

Why do you ask? Well supposedly, the plight of the native Na’Vi in Avatar is a little too close to comfort for the Chinese government. As the blue skinned race is in danger of losing their homes from power hungry mega-corporations, it is drawing uncomfortable parallel’s with reality, with the millions of Chinese who have been forcibly removed from their homes by developers. As with all issues that can possibly invoke feelings other than those of a dog on a leash, the government has stepped in and pulled the plug. Sometimes, I can only shake my head at the antics of the Chinese government. I only hope that one day, the people really do wake up and realise that their lives are being dictated from above – though considering it’s been that way for thousands of years, it’s possible that will not happen anytime soon.

For everyone else who can see Avatar in cinemas, I highly recommend it.

Obama’s speech censored by the Chinese government; the colour of surprise!

January 22, 2009

Of course the whole world was watching their TV’s yesterday, excited over the changing of the guards in downtown America. While I do think Obama will be a few steps in the right direction for the United States, I also think the media has been whipping it into a bit much of a frenzy – creating something closer to a superhero rather than a President. Yes he is supposedly the leader of the free world – the free world supposedly being the United States, but can one man truly make so much of a difference? I sincerely hope so. I was predicting America would fall badly under Bush and I couldn’t be happier to see him gone. How he could have been voted in for a second term is just unfathomable – but that’s another story!

While the speech was covered live by CCTV, we have to assume they weren’t aware of what was said realtime as when the speech got to:

“Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.”

The poor presenter was suddenly cut back to unprepared and had to ask some pissy question of a guest. The golden word communism must not be uttered in a negative way! Imagine having your populace actually aware of current events! Imagine if they actually knew what was said out there in the real world other than what has been watered down by Big Brother. I would love to read the day to day journal of a Chinese student sent overseas to study. I would love to know their thoughts in a world that is suddenly free from propaganda and censorship.

For the full article, head on over to the BBC website – complete with video of unsuspecting presenter 🙂

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