The film debuted in the box office chart's top spot, bringing in an estimated 66.1 million yuan (.4 million) in its first week last month.
The reason for this isn't only its violence, but also its entire plot, which places protagonist Katniss in opposition to a repressive and dystopian political system.(The debut of the film in nearby Vietnam, for instance, has been "delayed indefinitely.") The Chinese government has been clamping down on violent and racy entertainment, and has shown itself to be extremely sensitive to cultural products that develop political connotations.China's president Hu Jintao even penned a major statement earlier this year that decried "international hostile forces" that use the "cultural field" to "infiltrate ...westernize and divide China."' record-breaking profits. When I went to see the movie, tickets cost 70 yuan (about ) apiece at a swanky theater in Beijing's Chaoyang District, a large sum for the many Chinese families and teenagers on dates who had eagerly filled the theater.In keeping with Hu's essay, state control over culture in China has been getting stricter.
For example, reality shows spawned by the saucy dating program An important reason for this intensification of censorship and control is that the Party increasingly realizes that China has become a society without a stable source of values.
The country's tumultuous 20th century history helps to explain this cultural situation.
The movie's entry into China exemplifies the triumph of market forces and profit motives that has increasingly characterized the country's economy since Deng Xiaoping initiated "reform and opening" in 1978.
is the kind of gripping entertainment that people everywhere love, whether they live under the Chinese Communist Party or Queen Elizabeth II (both recently celebrated their 60th anniversaries in power).
And, in this case, the market got what the market wanted, despite the many aspects of the movie that the Chinese government undoubtedly finds unappealing., an international publication of the Falun Gong sect that has been Public Enemy No.
1 in China for the past two decades, wrote that the film "strikes home in China," quoting several Chinese microbloggers who "saw it as a valid depiction of the current Chinese political situation." in China provides insights into an even more interesting dynamic in China today: the CCP's anxious attempts to address its sense of cultural crisis.