By Erik Crouch
Original image via Nbc.com.cn
Huang Qifan, Chongqing mayor and action film buff, has recommended that the city’s judges should embrace action films and courtroom dramas so as to “improve their ability to make decisions on important legal cases.” One would think that this role is typically done by, well, law school. Not so! says mayor Huang. He advocates “foreign films that involve heroes and court-rooms because they show that justice always prevails over evil” according to South China Morning Post.
This might be a bit of a problem, considering the government’s compulsion to censor-out huge chunks of foreign films. Huang still seems adamant, according to SCMP:
Watching action-hero films, Huang said, would improve judges’ abilities to balance emotion with rational thinking when making decisions.
Huang also encouraged judges to study western court-room dramas, particularly, films about American jury trials in which defendants and plaintiffs try to influence the jury’s final decision.
For the sake of efficiency, may as well go with this joint action/courtroom sensation. You’re welcome, Mr. Huang.