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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    mirradric, 8 Apr 2011 @ 2:06am

    From my reading of the qq article

    From what I've read in the article it's more of a statement that they do not advocate and will not approve broadcasting certain categories/genres of shows during prime time. The categories mentioned are time travel, imitations/remakes/clones of foreign (to china, like hollywood) productions and remakes of the 4 classics.The rational is that there are simply too many of these after these genres gained popularity and many are of low quality in terms of plot and production.
    They do not encourage wholesale imitation/remake of foreign films but hope that they can contain more than 60% of original material. Time travel films were specifically mentioned as an example of poor plots and weak devices.
    More importantly, the article makes no mention of a ban. To the contrary, it mentions that some of the films have been approved for broadcast in non-prime time slots creating a new "midnight prime time" although the bureau does not encourage submitting films for midnight slots just to get approval.

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