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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Science Fiction in China

Cultural Exchange: Chinese science fiction's subversive politics - LA Times

The one I still don't understand is the ban on time travel in movies and stories in China. The reasoning being that they don't want history to be re-written. This meant that Dr. Who, Start Trek, and X-Files are banned.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that books, TV and movie productions in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong do not seem to be as fixated on science fiction as the West (sci-fi is exploring the possibilities of scientific and technological advancements on the human condition, which are innately western concepts that China is just grasping since the late Qing Dynasty). For instance, take western novels like The Time Machine and I, Robot, movies like Back to the Future and Jurassic Park, and TV shows like Star Trek, Stargate SG-1 and Dr. Who.

China, Hong Kong, Taiwan (even South Korea) are especially interested about looking back into tradition and ancient history, sometimes including fantastical martial arts and mysticism. Greater China often, if not always, produce romantic epic TV series which are often historical-based ones, such as Three Kingdoms, Outlaws of the Marsh, The Qin Empire, and movies like Red Cliff, Hero, and the ill-fated Chow Yun Fat film Confucius. US film and TV productions do not seem as interested in making historical epics as China does.

Of course, there are always exceptions to what I say. And Japan is big on making sci-fi anime books and TV series just as South Korea is with producing many horror films.

April 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM  

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