Movies

Hollywood films look to appease growing market in China

MUMBAI: A Hollywood studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer has digitally removed all Chinese villains from its action flick Red Dawn, which recently released in the United States, in order to avoid antagonising Beijing.


The plot of the film revolves around a Chinese invasion of America in which a hit squad of teenagers from a high school football team saves the day. When the authorities at MGM realised the storyline could offend Beijing - jeopardising the film’s chances of making it to the lucrative Chinese market - they digitally removed all references to China.


As a result the villains now belong to North Korean (in the movie) and all reference to the Chinese flag and symbols have been replaced with North Korean ones. The film is a remake of a 1984 Cold War film of the same name, which starred Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen where the Russians were shown as the invaders.
 
China is one of the fastest growing markets for Hollywood movies at nearly $1.5 billion. Moreover, the new Chinese president Xi Jinping is said to be a big fan of Hollywood war films.


DMG Entertainment owner Dan Mintz was quoted in the LA Times as saying that if the movie had gone out in its original form “there would have been a real backlash. It’s like being invited to a dinner party and insulting the host all night long. There’s no way to look good ... The film itself was not a smart move.” The company is a leading producer and distributor of movies in China.


In the past too, Beijing has stopped its business dealings with US studios which have criticised its government like the 1997 film Seven Years in Tibet starring Brad Pitt.
 
The latest James Bond movie Skyfall is currently not due for release in China either. The distributors of the movie are in negotiations with Beijing over the its release in the country owing to a part in the film that shows a former secret agent being tortured by the Chinese.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/26/Untitled-1_15_0.jpg?itok=4UdfBLn6
Inauspicious period for films

The tradition was that no films released during ‘shraaddh’ as it was considered inauspicious. The exhibitors, in such an event, had to feed the cinema halls with either repeat run of old hits or dubbed films from southern India. The tradition has been shelved in the new scheme of things.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/26/sid_0.jpg?itok=QZxP0LRK
Siddharth Roy Kapur elected Film and TV Guild president

MD and CEO of Disney India Siddharth Roy Kapur has been unanimously elected as the president of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. at the first meeting of its newly-constituted Guild Council of Management.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/26/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=ycVNpOS_
Deloitte: Indian film industry to touch Rs 23,800 crore by 2020

Can the Indian film industry come up to scale and rival the US and Canadian box offices? Yes, it can. The potential is huge, says a new report on the Indian cinema industry released by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India at the Indywood Film Carnival taking place during 24-27 September in Ramoji Film...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/23/Untitled-1_15.jpg?itok=OydbLoDs
Banjo...Out of sync

Banjo is a musical love story of a young man with a mastery over the stringed instrument. The banjo is said to have its origin in Africa. The instrument is seen to be more popular during festivals in India.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/23/Untitled-1_31.jpg?itok=tNwD2dE-
Parched...Dry run at box office

Leena Yadav’s Parched debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. Ever since, it has been on the festival circuit extensively till its theatrical release this week.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/23/Untitled-1_16.jpg?itok=k0AywEln
'Visanarai' to represent India at Oscars

The Tamil film ‘Visanarai’ (Interrogation) will represent India at the American Academy of Motion Pictures (Oscars) awards next year. This was announced by the selection committee set up by the Film Federation of India in Hyderabad.

Movies Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/19/dayes-of-tafree_0.jpg?itok=FRqPkA1p
'Days of Tafree' twists 'Chello Divas'

MUMBAI: Gujarati blockbuster Chhello Divas will hit cinemas across the country as Days of Tafree - In Class; Out of Class. The movie is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Rashmi Sharma Films and will release it on 23 September.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/19/pink.jpg?itok=gwjjRsJm
Pink: Neither strategy nor reviews helped

Pink, with Shoojit Sircar as the force behind the film, was much hyped. The film also enjoyed a great deal of media and critics support. However, all this hype did not help the film as the response on the opening day remained tepid with a business of about Rs 4.2 crore.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/19/Untitled-1_3.jpg?itok=6-8l1L-3
Sony Max2 initiates Double Trouble film festival

The Double role formula has wooed the Indian audience ever since and has been a major success in Bollywood. This September Sony Max2 attempts to ride high on this formula by doubling up the entertainment quotient for its viewers with Double Trouble film festival starting from 19 September until 23...

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories