AVATAR: Restricted in China?
The news about the alleged “limitation” on the showing of blockbuster movie Avatar by the Chinese regulators quickly spread on the internet. According to it, the Chinese authorities are planning to shut down the showing of the 2D version of the film. This quickly spurred annoyance to the Chinese moviegoers. They argue that the movie “came in late” so there’s no reason to limit its showing as early as now. Some movie theaters confirmed that they received an order to stop showing the movie on their screens.
One Chinese regulator defends the alleged “limitation” saying that it is only natural since the 3D and IMAX versions are more popular, so the 2D versions will close earlier. Many people doubted this reason. Instead, they believe that this “stoppage” was intentional to make way for the showing of the movie about Confucius, a Chinese philosopher and teacher, which will be portrayed by Chow Yun-fat. The movie about Confucius will be out by the end of this week.
Avatar Contains Sensitive Theme?
Many speculated that the Chinese government didn’t like the theme of the movie. Ever since the film was shown inland, many Chinese people associate the film’s theme with what’s happening in China. The fight of the Na’vi people for their land, Pandora, was likened to the fight of the Chinese people who were driven out of their homes by demolitions in favor of big land developers.
The speculation however was strongly denied by the authorities. They reasoned that if the government sees the film as “sensitive” to national issues, they would have not allowed it to be shown in theaters.
Avatar is by far the most successful movie in China grossing over 76 million dollars of ticket sales.
The Chinese government also limits the number of foreign films shown in the land to twenty.