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AMERICAN MOVIES IN CHINA: Interesting article from COMMENTARY.COM

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raymond_chengSelected news related to American movies entering the China Market:

Pirates of the Caribbean censored by China – the authories said Chow Yun-fat’s role demonized the Chinese – Chinatown Connection

  • WTO Dispute Settlement: Panel issues report on US-China dispute over publications and audiovisual products – WTO
  • WTO rules against China’s limits on imports – still the ruling does not affect the quota that caps at 20 the number of foreign films that can be released in Chinese movie theaters each year – New York Times
  • White House gets China to open market to U.S. movies – China agreed to significantly increase market access for U.S. movies as a concession to resolve outstanding issues after WTO ruled in favor of the U.S. – Reuters
    • Chinese censors cut Kate Winslet nude scene from Titanic 3D – officials say they fear viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing – Guardian 
    • ‘CUT!’ Chinese censors erase 13 minutes from Men In Black 3 to remove ‘offensive’ Chinese baddies – erasing the collective memories of a group of Chinese bystanders deemed to be offensive – probably because Communists brainwash their people – Dailymail 
    • How Chinese censorship is changing American movies – Chinese bad guys are vanishing, only in the movies of course – Think Progess 
    • Cut! Hollywood threatened by creeping Chinese censorship – Chinese now portraited as an ingenious saviors of humanity – simply because the market is lucrative – Washington Times 
    • China clears ‘Dark Knight,’ Spidey showdown – having evaded Chinese censors, “The Dark Knight Rises” now faces a playdate with “The Amazing Spider-Man” – Variety 
    • MPAA getting involved in Hollywood’s dispute with China – “The Lorax”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” all opened on the same date in China; box-office revenue driven down, Washington complains – LA TimesRELATED IN OTHER COUNTRIES
    • How about banning Steven Spielberg’s movies: Robert Fulford: Anti-Semitism without Jews in Malaysia – the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department sent out an official sermon to be read in all mosques, stating that Muslims must understand Jews are the main enemy to Muslims as proven by their egotistical behaviour and murders performed by them; about 60% of Malaysians are Muslim – National Post
      - the hatred for Jews can also be shown in the government’s ban on Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, calling it anti-German and pro-Jewish propaganda; it is said that Spielberg’s movies have since been removed from all Malaysia’s screens


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      Imax welcomes WTO agreement with China – Toronto-based Imax has taken 15 years to slowly build its presence in China, currently with 217 theaters already open or contracted to open – Hollywood Reporter.


      On 22 February, 2012, China reported that it had completed amendments to most measures at issue and had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States of America regarding measures of imported films. So, the story continues, but in a slightly different direction. Read on…