2D Avatar Banned In China
Avatar‘s success has been worldwide and is currently the second most lucrative movie of all time behind Titanic. But even the £43 million haul that it’s taken in China hasn’t prevented officials from trying to ban it.
The China Film Group, which is run by the state, believes the plot of human military forces trying to demolish a native village for its resources is a bit too close to the bone of the current political situation in China.
Unfortunately it’s got nothing to do with the number of 10 foot blue people riding dragons over Beijing.
The LA Times reports that millions of Chinese people have been evicted from their homes to make room for government high-rise buildings. Officials in China are also incensed that the film’s success is diverting money away from domestic cinema.
All 2D screenings Avatar are now being pulled. 3D screening are still available but China has so few 3D screens that it is an effective ban on the movie.
Instead of Avatar, Chinese moviegoers can see Confucious, a biopic of the famous philosopher starring Chow Yun Fat.
Asian consultancy group, Wolf Asia has insisted that the decision to pull Avatar and show Confucious was to coincide with Chinese New Year Celebrations which begin on January 26th.
A spokesperson for the groups said, “There are certain windows in the year that are held for domestic films. We’re coming up on Chinese New Year, so this can be expected.”
We at OTB will be stroking our rather itchy beards at this news for quite sometime…