CCP Propaganda Film Delays Potter Flick Release; Fans Left
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF the Moon was released on June 29 and
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came out on July 15 in the
Yet on the other side of the world, Transformers isn’t coming out
until July 21 for mainland China’s movie fans, when even their Hong Kong
neighbors saw it on June 30. As for Harry Potter, it is being held off
by Chinese authorities until Aug. 4, making China the last country to
release it in the world—all to ensure the success of the Chinese Communist
Party’s latest propaganda film, Beginning of the Great Revival, which
The movie, seen as a communist political mission, didn’t go particularly well
among the Chinese public. Even a month after its release, it had garnered merely
million yuan (US$56 million), while Kung Fu Panda 2 had earned 576
million in its first month.
Before Revival was released, rumors were spreading among Chinese
netizens that if the two-hour-long propaganda film fails to reach 800 million
yuan at the box office, Chinese officials won’t
allow for the release of the two popular foreign blockbusters.
But let the politics go on. Chinese moviegoers, already tired of the whole
Revival hysteria, decided to find their own ways to watch the movies
Poor-quality copies of the Deathly Hallow 2 are now sold to
desperate Harry fans by counterfeit DVD pirates in the peak days after its
release in foreign markets, while illegal downloads of the movie are available
on the Internet.
And others simply try to boost Revival‘s box office to get what they
Blogged Gudushizhe88 commented
on the Baidu Tieba web forum:
The fans of Transformers and Harry Potter should join
forces and encourage their dads, mums, uncles, aunts, grandfathers,
grandmothers, etc. to see the Beginning of the Great Revival. Then we
won’t wait until August.
The CCP’s hamfisted propaganda tactics are having the opposite effect to
ingraining loyalty in an increasingly sophisticated populace.
Dwayne_ commented on Sina
On IMDB [Internet Movie Database], there’s a headline saying: “China delays
Harry Potter release in favour of communist party epic." The embarrassment is
even spread to abroad; everyone knows what is really going on