The Hunger Games Hits China… Hard

Do I really have to be the person to try and follow up that last letter? But… but… wahhhhhh!

….Let’s get to it, then!

So you remember all those snooty critics who basically hated The Hunger Games before they even watched it and complained that the movie didn’t really contain the deep political messages it was supposed to? Obviously, we disagree with them. You know who else does? CHINA.

The Hunger Games Theatrical Poster China

Chinese Theatrical Poster

Okay, China is not a person, but the big news this week has been the reaction from Chinese citizens after the release of The Hunger Games just a few days ago. Among other more extreme acts of censorship, the Chinese government currently allows for only 20 foreign films to be released to its citizens every year. This year, The Hunger Games was one of them. We’ve covered why this is so shocking in a previous article, but now we’re seeing the results.

For every entitled white kid in America complaining that the story “lacked emotional depth” (or whatever other excuse they use to whine “It’s not hipster enough for me” while trying to sound legitimate), there seem to be TONS of Chinese citizens who find emotional depth and characters with which they can empathize.

Don’t take this as the staff at Victor’s Village pointing out the similarities between China and Panem. If that’s what you want, there are actual Chinese citizens doing that.

The release of The Hunger Games has not only brought entertainment but awareness to the people of China. It has citizens discussing the state of their government, the politic mindset, censorship, and even rebellion.

Check out this quote from The Epoch Times:

“Too bad that the teens did not die, sparking a revolt against the dictatorship. Perhaps that’s also a regret existing in reality.”

How can somebody say that The Hunger Games breezed over the politics when it evokes that extreme of an emotion in others? We’re not saying that everyone in China is going to suddenly rise up against the government because they were allowed to watch The Hunger Games, but it’s got citizens considering their society in a way that is rebellious in and of itself. They’re thinking freely, which isn’t exactly what their government has been advocating.

So yeah… The Hunger Games is pretty damn life-changing after all.

We seriously doubt Catching Fire or Mockingjay will make it past Chinese censors, given that their main themes are rising up against oppression. But hey, at least the first movie made its mark.

Censorship Isn’t Our Cup O’ Tea,
The Girl With The Pearl

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3 comments

  1. It’s great that THG is sparking such a discussion and that it makes people think.
    I don’t get this though. “Too bad that the teens did not die, sparking a revolt against the dictatorship. Perhaps that’s also a regret existing in reality.” Who are they talking about?

    1. Yup, they’re saying that if Katniss and Peeta died, it would have sparked a rebellion right then and there. They were hoping to see the rebellion against President Snow.

      Of course, this person has no idea that the next two books have defiance and rebellion happening left and right. The sad part is they’ll probably never find out, either.

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