[Movies] China's Military Calls Pacific Rim American Propaganda
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.27.2013
Are they right?
Chinese military newspaper PLA Daily, the official newsletter of the People's Liberation Army, has written an article declaring Pacific Rim to be propaganda to spread "American values and ideas".
Kotaku reports that the article, written by Zhang Xieli, was picked up and republished by every Chinese State media outlet incuding Xinhua, People's Daily and the Global Times. In the article, Zhang claims the movie, along with every other Hollywood movie, is a Western plot against China.
At one point, the film attempts to put the entire plot on the US, claiming that the Jaeger program, the Wall and the final assault were all set up by the Americans to "save the world by playing the part of world police." This doesn't really go along with what actually happens in the film, where a multi-national force takes up the battle.
Zhang tries to tie everything to American imperialism and the "combined US-Japan effort to keep China in line." He called Mako's rescue by the American Jaeger a reference to the "real life US-Japan alliance." He doesn't mention that China has a small role in the film. He also says that the Pan Pacific Defence Corps is run by Americans when it isn't. Not only is leader Marshal Pentecost British, but the Corps is made up of people from all over the world.
He says that the footage of those in Hong Kong and China eating and making things out of Kaiju is a "mockery of China's image and conduct". This ignores the fact that the movie featuers other countries doing the same thing. This one just happens to be set in Hong Kong.
At one point, he also said that the film Ice Age (which may be the animated one) is an example of movies that "disseminate the US' value system and global world strategy."
Of course, none of this matters because the film has made over $100 million in China. If Zhang were right, then it wouldn't be allowed to screen in the country as every non-China-made or state-sponsored film needs approval from the Chinese government.