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China bans time travel plots from TV and film

Apr. 14, 2011by:

As much as I would like to ban most time travel plots from movies because more often than not they create inordinate amounts of plot holes, China is ACTUALLY BANNING TIME TRAVEL from movies and TV shows in the country, albeit for very different reasons.

It sounds like a joke, but China can, and has had very loopy standards about media for a long time now. I can understand not wanting to be cast as a pure evil superpower in the RED DAWN remake and complaining about that, but this? It's a tad loco.

Here's the official word from China's State Administration for Radio, Film and Television:

"The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore."

They “casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.”

Too many "weird plots" huh? Oh China, you so silly.

Extra Tidbit: I'm assuming PRIMER didn't get a Chinese release, but going by this rule, if you watched it you'd probably be executed for witnessing too weird of a plot.
Source: Time

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7:18AM on 04/17/2011
next on the china ban-list: movies that feature talking animals. those movies spit in the face of biologists everywhere.
next on the china ban-list: movies that feature talking animals. those movies spit in the face of biologists everywhere.
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11:18PM on 04/16/2011
I really hate China.
I really hate China.
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8:29PM on 04/16/2011
Primer sucked. I will never understand why people liked such a dry movie that was slower than molasses rolling uphill. Boring and overrated as fuck.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Chuck Fina.
Primer sucked. I will never understand why people liked such a dry movie that was slower than molasses rolling uphill. Boring and overrated as fuck.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Chuck Fina.
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10:14AM on 04/16/2011

LOL

So do movies with flashbacks count?
So do movies with flashbacks count?
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2:18AM on 04/16/2011
Wow. That's, uh.... that's really weird.
Wow. That's, uh.... that's really weird.
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11:52PM on 04/15/2011

Primer

Primer was DOPE! China Sucks!
Primer was DOPE! China Sucks!
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10:49AM on 04/15/2011
Lot of rabbits in China. My fellow Aussies will laugh at this. Yeah I love a good time travel plot.
Lot of rabbits in China. My fellow Aussies will laugh at this. Yeah I love a good time travel plot.
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4:25AM on 04/15/2011
"look not to the past only the future"......someone took that fortune cookie way too literally
"look not to the past only the future"......someone took that fortune cookie way too literally
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11:19PM on 04/14/2011
Haha, "Fatalism". Sounds like Mortal Kombat honestly. Are they banning Mortal Kombat for weird plots and fatalism too? Niceeee.
Haha, "Fatalism". Sounds like Mortal Kombat honestly. Are they banning Mortal Kombat for weird plots and fatalism too? Niceeee.
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10:18PM on 04/14/2011
I'm gonna laugh when, one of these days, the Chinese gov. becomes so constricting that the Chinese people get fed up and revolt like our middle eastern friends. I don't know how realistic that is, but the sheer stupidity of some of the things the Chinese gov. should be inciting riots.
I'm gonna laugh when, one of these days, the Chinese gov. becomes so constricting that the Chinese people get fed up and revolt like our middle eastern friends. I don't know how realistic that is, but the sheer stupidity of some of the things the Chinese gov. should be inciting riots.
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10:06PM on 04/14/2011
Great, even more ridiculous hoops for Chinese filmmakers to jump through. Hell, why not just ban fiction outright? After all, it promotes alternate realities that may contain elements and ideas not shared by the Chinese government.
Great, even more ridiculous hoops for Chinese filmmakers to jump through. Hell, why not just ban fiction outright? After all, it promotes alternate realities that may contain elements and ideas not shared by the Chinese government.
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9:48PM on 04/14/2011

China blows


This pretty much confirms that casting China as a pure evil superpower in the Red Dawn retread was highly appropriate.

This pretty much confirms that casting China as a pure evil superpower in the Red Dawn retread was highly appropriate.
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8:15PM on 04/14/2011

Hey now

This is from the same site that said that Uwe Boll should be imprisoned for making bad movies. Now we have a government actually going after people for making cheap historical dramas. Seriously, enough is enough: these Chinese dramas all have the same sets, the same costumes and the same plots. They're just like episodes of Power Rangers but with flowing robes. Finally somebody said "夠了就是夠了! [Enough is enough!]" and decided to take that crap off the
This is from the same site that said that Uwe Boll should be imprisoned for making bad movies. Now we have a government actually going after people for making cheap historical dramas. Seriously, enough is enough: these Chinese dramas all have the same sets, the same costumes and the same plots. They're just like episodes of Power Rangers but with flowing robes. Finally somebody said "夠了就是夠了! [Enough is enough!]" and decided to take that crap off the air.
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2:36PM on 04/15/2011
First off- Power Rangers is Japanese. Second of all, they are banning the showing of all movies with time travel in them no matter where they are made. So, I suggest you re-read (and finish) the article before commenting, since your comment suggests you have no idea what the article is about. And the Japanese series being misidentified as Chinese? Use Google. I've said that like 50 times on this site in 6 hours. I swear, it's a fucking epidemic. It's great for people to have opinions, but I
First off- Power Rangers is Japanese. Second of all, they are banning the showing of all movies with time travel in them no matter where they are made. So, I suggest you re-read (and finish) the article before commenting, since your comment suggests you have no idea what the article is about. And the Japanese series being misidentified as Chinese? Use Google. I've said that like 50 times on this site in 6 hours. I swear, it's a fucking epidemic. It's great for people to have opinions, but I prefer you form an actual one based on your thoughts and observations- and some fucking research- and not just pull one from your ass to be contrary or sound smart.
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7:25PM on 04/14/2011
This from the country whose many "historical epics" often feature people flying.
This from the country whose many "historical epics" often feature people flying.
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6:36PM on 04/14/2011
Chinese government is enemy No. 1.
Chinese government is enemy No. 1.
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5:46PM on 04/14/2011

F uck China

Seriously. The filmmakers involved with the remake of Red Dawn have no testicles. They all deserve to be hanged by our Chinese overlords. Screw them all!

Sincerely, John Milius.
Seriously. The filmmakers involved with the remake of Red Dawn have no testicles. They all deserve to be hanged by our Chinese overlords. Screw them all!

Sincerely, John Milius.
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5:30PM on 04/14/2011
Chinese films have very little variation in theme. I get their proud of the countries history, but they need to start thinking outside the box.
Chinese films have very little variation in theme. I get their proud of the countries history, but they need to start thinking outside the box.
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5:23PM on 04/14/2011
ha
ha
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5:11PM on 04/14/2011
wow, THIS IS RIDICULOUS
wow, THIS IS RIDICULOUS
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4:52PM on 04/14/2011
wow, I thought this was an april fools day joke...but that day was weeks ago... Im glad I dont live in China...I love time travel plots!
wow, I thought this was an april fools day joke...but that day was weeks ago... Im glad I dont live in China...I love time travel plots!
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4:22PM on 04/14/2011
I guess this means there'll be one hell of a black market in China for episodes of 'Doctor Who'. Damn, if only 'Marco Polo' wasn't missing from the BBC Archives. Still, we could always try toppling the government by flooding the country with copies of the subversive 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'.
I guess this means there'll be one hell of a black market in China for episodes of 'Doctor Who'. Damn, if only 'Marco Polo' wasn't missing from the BBC Archives. Still, we could always try toppling the government by flooding the country with copies of the subversive 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'.
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4:20PM on 04/14/2011
What about movies with talking apes that eventually take over the world???
What about movies with talking apes that eventually take over the world???
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3:47PM on 04/14/2011
Oh that's neat. China is turning into North Korea.
Oh that's neat. China is turning into North Korea.
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3:20PM on 04/14/2011

I understand

They must have just watched the 1st episode of the Bill & Ted cartoon on Netflix too. So racist.
They must have just watched the 1st episode of the Bill & Ted cartoon on Netflix too. So racist.
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3:18PM on 04/14/2011
lol
lol
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3:15PM on 04/14/2011
....wow. You don't really know how good you have it until you hear of another government doing something like...this. Absurd and....just wow.
....wow. You don't really know how good you have it until you hear of another government doing something like...this. Absurd and....just wow.
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2:41PM on 04/14/2011
That seems pretty random to me. I guess this is the worst thing China has to worry about. Obviously.
That seems pretty random to me. I guess this is the worst thing China has to worry about. Obviously.
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2:35PM on 04/14/2011
Stupid chinamen and their Leninist-like ideas! Why USA and the rest of the world ban movies and music from China? Let's fight fire vwith fire!
Stupid chinamen and their Leninist-like ideas! Why USA and the rest of the world ban movies and music from China? Let's fight fire vwith fire!
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2:01PM on 04/14/2011
Humor? Does nobody see the concern in this?
Humor? Does nobody see the concern in this?
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1:58PM on 04/14/2011

lol

I wonder what these twats will say if we ever discover how to time travel. Not so ridiculous then is it???
I wonder what these twats will say if we ever discover how to time travel. Not so ridiculous then is it???
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1:51PM on 04/14/2011
They should get rid of the real threat and ban romantic comedies and pointless remakes. Those are the real enemies.

They should get rid of the real threat and ban romantic comedies and pointless remakes. Those are the real enemies.

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1:41PM on 04/14/2011
China is and continues to be backward in many ways.
China is and continues to be backward in many ways.
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1:40PM on 04/14/2011
Lord knows we don't need movies that have "weird plots". That may be entertaining. Oh boy. How did we end up owing them so much damn money?
Lord knows we don't need movies that have "weird plots". That may be entertaining. Oh boy. How did we end up owing them so much damn money?
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1:20PM on 04/14/2011
Stupid, stupid, stupid...

"The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore."

Well then, I guess movies about time travel to the future are okay...
Stupid, stupid, stupid...

"The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore."

Well then, I guess movies about time travel to the future are okay...
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1:13PM on 04/14/2011
Seriously, this is fucking stupid.
Seriously, this is fucking stupid.
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1:06PM on 04/14/2011
Oh God.
Oh God.
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1:15PM on 04/14/2011
That would be Japan...
That would be Japan...
1:06PM on 04/14/2011
Hahaha, sounds like China hates fiction. I bet they would enjoy those lecture films from The Invention of Lying.
Hahaha, sounds like China hates fiction. I bet they would enjoy those lecture films from The Invention of Lying.
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