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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > China’s Fear of an Avatar

China’s Fear of an Avatar

China’s Fear of an Avatar

Added: Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Peer To Peer, Movies, Network, Hackers, Government, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, hollywood, utorrent, bitcomet, technology, China, avatar, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, screening, james cameron, entertainment
China has banned the screening of Avatar in anticipation of civil unrest due to the plot of the movie as the country’s censors feel.

Let’s remind that Avatar, the $1 billion epic movie of James Cameron has made furor worldwide. Its appeal has touched and filled all the generation gap. Whether the youngest or the eldest, everyone seem to enjoy the movie maybe for different reasons.


The 3-d effects, the color innovation, the concept and the reality of the unreal….to the latest worldwide issue of environment destruction for selfish benefits.

Anyways, China’s greatest fear is the world blockbuster Avatar, which has been also blamed of racism might ignite a civic unrest in the country. Parallels have been brought up between the plight of the Na’vi clan in the film and people of China vulnerable to eviction (sometimes quite brutal) by predatory property developers.

The movie which has won accolades at the Golden Globe, was expected to earn more than 45 million pounds at the Chinese box office. But the irony is that Avatar has been replaced with a Chinese patriotic biopic o the life of famous Chinese thinker nd social philosopher, Confucius.

The raised eyebrow points to the question what if Avatar was never made or screen? Wouldn’t have the Chinese authorities woken up to their own patriotism? Or was Avatar a wakeup call for them?

So whatever ways, whether good or back, rising civic unrest or not, bringing in finance or not Avatar has yet brought something to China, even in a subtle and unexpected way?

Leaves the wise to think….

January 20th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-01-20 20:40:32)

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-01-20 20:43:01)
Z0R4N avatarI think people are too philosophical about the movie, can't they just love or ignore a movie, they must give some deep meaning to it so that it could justify something? I must say unfortunately this won't be the last time that Avatar is provoking somebody's emotions in a way that is not meant to be done...
At least James Cameron can have a laugh about all of this while he receives another prize for it.
Thanks for the article SaM.

posted by (2010-01-20 21:11:24)
jenga122 avatarIt's a good thing that China has internet. Soon enough they will be able to get DVDrip online and their government can do nothing to stop it. It will probably make their DVD sales skyrocket just because they were told no. I wonder if they are allowed to watch Dances with Wolves or Pocahontas. Storyline is very similar. Good article SaM. Makes mo more appreciative of where I live.

posted by (2010-01-20 22:19:40)
chevychev avatarD!#@ Commies! Its just a movie i doubt it will ignite a revolution.(they do need one tho)

posted by (2010-01-20 23:08:39)
KazzGirl avatarThanks SaM. I think James Cameron would be proud of the fact that the Chinese can pirate this movie and see their government for what it is. Can anyone quickly whip up some Chinese sub titles and get this on the net SUPER FAST? The world needs them. I have Japanese friends whom I became very close with when I was at college. They DID NOT know what the Japanese did during the Second World War. Because Japan isolated their people from the rest of the world, so many generations did not know the WHOLE truth. My friends cried when they learned the truth but they understood why they were so hated and despised as a culture and a people. Okay so this was the 80's (hey I'm older than your average torrent user) but the Chinese will have the same phenomenon, especially when industrialisation really takes hold and the poorer classes can have computers and internet in their own home en masse.

I make no secret of the fact that I hate the Chinese regime but I do not hate the people. I can't do mandarin but I would love to see mandarin subtitles on a DVDRip. Maybe we could send a letter to James Cameron suggesting Chinese subtitles with a hint of it being a way to get the Chinese to see the film. Okay so I doubt the film will be able to be sold there - but Cameron knows it will end up on the internet. After 2013 it will become much harder for China to do this as the WTO Free Trade Act (of which China is not a full member of until then) would almost ensure that China has to show this film in its borders. James Cameron could take China to WTO arbitration and argue that it is a restriction of trade. 45 million pounds is a lot to lose in anyones language.

FREE TIBET! And China should have never had the Olympics due to their human rights violations.

posted by (2010-01-21 04:16:13)
pavan4u avatarI think they should release the film

posted by (2010-01-21 22:32:39)
Brynn217 avatarAny idea no matter how small could possiblily cause civil unrest, it just has to spread to the masses to cause a problem, something in this day and age is not too hard to do.... In China's situtaion you have a government hell bent on total control of its poeple, The feel like a parent, trying to protect the people, while at the same time, allowing crime, curuption to take advantage of the people... Like any parent who does wrong, you must make it seem to the outside world that you care about your family and every is "always fine" inside the house behind closed doors... This is why they dont like the internet and our western influences, like Avatar... too close to the truth....

They have a right to be scared, If civil war ever really did start, they are outnumbered a million to 1 in terms of actually being able to supress a real rebellion... which with their problems, may be a powder keg waiting to happen....

posted by (2010-01-22 05:37:33)
No avatarSam, am i allowed to disagree without getting a ban? :-)
The movie has been released in China, but i think i was since yesterday that they quit showing in 2d cinamas, but its still available in 3d cinemas.
Reason to quit showing in 2d is because nobody in China wants to see the 2d version, they all want to see the 3d version...
Maybe a reason on the side is the new chinese movie Confusius.
There is a lot of civil unrest but i really doubt that Avatar makes it worse.`

posted by (2010-01-24 08:46:21)
Seekz avatarThe movie?- haven't seen it yet.
China? A lot like USA. People are probably great. Government needs to get real small and function as
a service provider and not as a morality dictator.

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