Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just us and 600 million screaming Chinamen

Well, if the remake of "Red Dawn" wasn't already a joke, it is now:
The filmmakers now are digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from “Red Dawn,” substituting dialogue and altering the film to depict much of the invading force as being from North Korea, an isolated country where American media companies have no dollars at stake. The changes illustrate just how much sway China’s government has in the global entertainment industry, even without uttering a word of official protest.
It is pretty damned funny that some folks were so concerned about the Chinese menace that they made a film depicting them as our invaders, while the production company of said film changed the villain in the hopes of selling the film to Chinese moviegoers. I suppose there's some lesson in there about capitalism or something.

At any rate, the new film does have the virtue of making the original seem more plausible by comparison.

1 comment:

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

Coming soon to a multiplex near you via Hollywood:

A handsome and likeable young Chinese bureaucrat (who is also a martial arts expert) takes on despicable movie pirates and wins the hand of the beautiful movie actress on the verge of financial ruin because her DVDs aren't selling well enough.