China bans time travel for television

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PostThu Apr 14, 2011 5:09 pm » by Torofamily


China bans time travel for television

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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – China has been cracking down on dissent of late, as the recent detainment of artist Ai Weiwei suggests.

But the latest guidance on television programming from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China borders on the surreal – or, rather, an attack against the surreal.

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

“The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

The Chinese censors seem to be especially sensitive these days. But for the television and film industry, such strictures would seem to eliminate any Chinese version of “Star Trek,” “The X-Files,” “Quantum Leap” or “Dr. Who.” And does that mean rebroadcast of huge Hollywood moneymakers like “Back to the Future” and the “Terminator” series are now forbidden?

These guidelines will certainly add a creative challenge to Chinese writers, producers and directors. CNN.com’s Dean Irvine wondered how some classic time travel films might be re-imagined minus the time travel.






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PostThu Apr 14, 2011 5:10 pm » by Tuor10


Communists are so bloody insecure.

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PostThu Apr 14, 2011 5:42 pm » by Torofamily


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PostFri Apr 15, 2011 12:57 am » by Chasl


OMG do journalist still fact check? With a shrinking world it's not hard to plug the Chinese government press release into a translator, and find out it contains *no mentioning of time travel*.

The phrase "神怪剧和穿越剧" litterally translates to "spirit-monster theme and transcendental theme", refering to *crossing-over* (not time travel) ghost stories that are too scary for TV or respective time slot. This is the same issue TV censor boards in US would consider.

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PostFri Apr 15, 2011 12:59 am » by Chasl


BTW, Schwarzenegger is huge in China, and the Terminator movie series is very popular.

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PostFri Apr 15, 2011 1:02 am » by Slith


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They trying to hide something???
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PostFri Apr 15, 2011 1:11 am » by Mozi!!a


it seems fiction is becoming reality :shock:


crazy story thanks toro :flop:

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PostFri Apr 15, 2011 3:16 am » by Harbin


That Dr. Who was always a subversive !

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