The Chinese mighty influence on the World Cinema

According to @StatistaCharts, China is world’s Largest Film Market, overtaking North America with 47 billion yuan (7.4 billion USD) of box office revenue in 2021. Let’s discuss Chinese influence on the world cinema through its gigantic market and its economic influence!

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀

Hollywood Studios are pressurized by China to indulge in censorship to suit the Chinese narrative. They thus indulge in self censorship, post release censorship and cutting out movies scenes before its China release.

Effects of Chinese Pressure on Hollywood Studios
Effect of pressures on the Hollywood Studios

𝗕𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘀

Dr Strange 2 was banned recently. The reason was a newspaper box of Dajiyuan the Chinese language EpochTimes (critical of Chinese authoritarianism) appearing in one shot of the movie.

DrStrange2 scene that led to its ban
The scene due to which the entire movie DrStrange2 was banned in China

Following are some of the movies which suffered a similar fate.

Chinese influence on the world cinema
The Marvels facing the ban
Chinese influence on the world cinema
Hollywood Censored

Recently, The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia (LPF) has banned a Hong Kong film from screening in Malaysia for allegedly glorifying violent protests and for its potential to affect Malaysia-China bilateral relations.

A film based on Hongkong protests banned in Malaysia

The film, ‘May You Stay Forever Young’, depicts a 17-year-old girl’s attempt to kill herself during the massive anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong and her friends’ efforts to rescue her.


𝗕𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀

Actor John Cena had to apologize to Chinese audience after calling Taiwan a country to avoid getting banned.

apologetic John Cena
The apologetic Jhon Cena

Many other prominent artists, however, got banned in China in past decades.

People getting banned by China
Stars who got banned in China
Justin Bieber banned by China

Show Tibet/Taiwan/Hongkong and get banned

Any movie in the world cant showcase these nations as independent nations or nations under captivity. Even attending concerts for countries like Tibet will ensure a ban on the artist and all his/her movies.

𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗧𝗶𝗯𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 is a new norm. Lady Gaga banned!!
Banned pop Star Lady Gaga
Keanu Reeves also getting banned.
Banned Hollywood star Keanu Reeves

The writer of Dr.Strange didn’t minced his words

𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀

Taj Mahal destroyed in a movie
Taj Mahal demolition scene in the movie Pixel

The 2015 sci-fi movie Pixel made it into China after removing a scene of aliens blasting a hole into the GreatWall of China. The makers put a scene where the aliens are smashing the Taj Mahal in India instead.

Chinese influence on the world cinema Indian movie Rockstar
Free Tibet edited in a song in the movie Rockstar
Chinese influence on the world cinema. Top Gun Maverick
The Japanese and Taiwanese Flags were removed from the jacket of the protagonist in the Top Gun: Maverick movie

Iron man did everything to please China
China censored its own action star Chow Yun

𝗕𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄𝘀

China also bans the broadcast of the Award Shows where an uncensored film is getting nominated/honored.

Chinese influence on the world cinema
Banned award shows


Music Censorship


𝗢𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗲 influenced world cinema

Many countries have objected to the release of the movies influenced by China.

Chinese influence on the world cinema
Chinese tailored movies in South Asia banned by the mighty ASEAN nations

US Market vs the Chinese Market

The growth of China in the movie world is significant. The stats show why Hollywood cant resist the Chinese temptation. The following data is from the year 2021.

US market vs China market
US vs China at the Box-office

China finances Hollywood

China finances many Hollywood movies and the number of movies it finance is on the rise.

Movies that China financed from 1997-2018

Chinese movies are also getting shelved!!

Recently, a film “Hidden in the Dust”, which reflects the living conditions of the people at the bottom of northwest China, was taken off the shelves after breaking through the box office of over 100 million yuan. The reason for this has sparked heated debate.

On July 8 this year, a Chinese reality film “Hidden in the Dust”, which has been withdrawn many times, was finally approved by the cultural department for screening. This small-budget film cost only about 2 million yuan, but within 60 days of its launch, it created an astonishing record of breaking the box office of 100 million yuan.

Chinese movie "Hidden in the Dust" getting shelved
Hidden in the Dust

However, before the film’s network key had expired, the film was removed from the theaters ahead of schedule due to reasons such as “catering to the West”, and Chinese streaming media platforms followed closely.

Wang Ruiqin, former member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of Qinghai Province, who lives in the United States, said in an interview that “Hidden in the Dust” just reflects the current situation of Northwest society.


Which movie will surely get banned

There is a 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗮𝗻𝘀. Just like Chinese influence on the world media and Chinese influence on the cultural narratives, the Chinese influence on the world cinema is also massive. Following are some of the common themes that gets banned by China.

Themes of movies getting banned in China

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

Henry Louis Gates Jr

Sources:

Dr.Jenny Kin Jacobs compiled and curated this report

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