In an op-ed in the People’s Liberation Army Daily on Friday, Zhang Jieli attacked Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim as ‘exporting’ US policy regarding its pivot to Asia.
According to Xinhua, Zhang said that Hollywood films “have always served as a propaganda machine to convey American values and their strategies in the world.” (China, of course, would never allow its domestic film industry to produce propaganda films.)
It’s easy to see why ‘Pacific Rim’ in particular has attracted Zhang’s ire. The heroes of the film are all American, one is even Japanese-American, and are depicted as — in Xinhua’s words — acting as “the world police” by saving mankind from evil monsters.
“The decisive battle against the monsters was deliberately set in South China Sea adjacent to Hong Kong,” Zhang said. “The intention was to demonstrate the US commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving the mankind.”
‘Pacific Rim’ has grossed over 640 million yuan in China since its release on July 31, though some viewers have complained about the slightly odd subtitling of the film for the Chinese version. Netizens said that “populated” had been replaced with “polluted” in the line “… Hong Kong where it was most polluted”, and the name of a weapon had been changed to “Pegasus Meteor Fist”, an apparent reference to the Saint Seya video game series.
It’s not the slightly dodgy subtitling that’s got Zhang all hot and bothered however:
Seeing China’s rise as a challenge to their values and system, some western people have spared no effort to infiltrate the Chinese psyche, ideologically and culturally with the help of Hollywood movies, he said.
Those damn Mexicans, always promoting America’s imperialist agenda!