China Says No More Movies And TV Shows About Time Travel

from the don't-even-think-about-it dept

It's no secret that time travel stories in movies and TV are a bit cliche at this point, but that doesn't stop people from using them repeatedly. It's just such an easy plot device. But, don't expect to see much more of it in China. Ima Fish alerts us to the news that the General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television in China has announced that time travel stories are no longer allowed on TV or in movies. Apparently, such stories are "disrespectful to history" and that many of the "stories are totally made up." Apparently, the General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television in China is unfamiliar with the definition of fiction.

It sounds like time travel stories had become especially popular in Chinese media, and it sounds like someone at the Bureau just got sick of it. Along similar lines, the Bureau has apparently also declared that no more TV/movie versions shall be made of "the four great classical novels of China." Honestly, it really feels like someone (or some people) involved in this Bureau just got sick of seeing similar shows and decided to issue a ban.

Of course, the real question is how long will it take for people in China to create a video that involves going back in time to restock the General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television with people who seem less silly?

Filed Under: censorship, china, movies, time travel, tv


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    Ben, 7 Apr 2011 @ 12:09pm

    Chinese time travel/history?

    "disrespectful to history"

    Most of China's history is made up, in an advertisement for a Chinese opera on local TV they began with the usual statement about 5000 years of history! Hard to have a history that goes back 5000 years when your written language only goes back 3000 years (please don't mention "oracle bones")http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_language. Chinese History is about as old as Greek history (except that Greek history hasn't been heavily re-written). Just as China tries to claim that the "great-wall" is 2000 years old when only a tamped earth wall existed prior to 220 AD, but they always show the 15th century section when making these claims. The Chinese also claim to have "invented" the crossbow, regardless of the fact that crossbows existed everywhere, and despite the absurd bragging the Romans used crossbows, Alexander used crossbows. The Persians used crossbows earlier than the Chinese. The only things that the Chinese invented were silk, fireworks and propaganda.

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