You are apple of my eye: Chinese film censorship and some thoughts Part2

Recent released Hollywood blockbusters also face the challenges from the censorship when they tend to enter the market. The content is under careful examination by the government. Meanwhile, China has a strict limit on number of  the foreign films allowed to be shown in theaters.  And  the China film group functions as  the  Chinese government’s guardian on the film market, any foreign films want to enter the China’s door must pass through this gatekeeper.

For instance, Thirteen minutes of “Men in Black 3 ” were cut out of the film by the Chinese government.

According to China’s Southern  Daily Newspaper a large section of “Men In Black 3” was discarded by officials because of how it portrays the government’s position on Internet censorship.  The scene took place in Chinatown, and it showed the Agent K and Agent J have a fighting in the restaurant , and then have their memories wiped clean to prevent stories about the aliens to spread.

The reason for censoring is that it can be related to the Internet censorship in China by the government. The interesting point here is censorship about the censorship. There are also other elements that  are not supposed to promote, like obscenity, gambling, violence, super naturalism, horrors, ghosts.

However, the internet allows the citizen to access wide range of resources including some banned  films in China. Through the Internet, it makes the state regulation a bit redundant . Because of the technology, we can have other methods to circumvent the regulation.  For example , in China , we can use the proxy to access the YouTube and many other sides. And the movie resources are also abundant through torrents, meanwhile, language remains to be a barrier. Several grass root workshops help to make subtitles their own to let the audiences enjoy the film. And the regulation remains to be powerful that large percentage of the population doesn’t know how to locate the resource though Internet.


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