Chinese Army claims Pacific Rim is American propaganda

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You might have thought Pacific Rim was just a cool movie about mechas fighting giant monsters, but actually you missed its true purpose as pro-U.S. propaganda. Writing in a Chinese military newspaper, a Chinese officer explains the secret imperialist message of Guillermo del Toro's movie.

Pacific Rim "exported the U.S.'s rebalancing of its Asia-Pacific strategy," according to Zhang Jieli's article in the People's Liberation Army Daily. Pacific Rim has become one of the most popular movies in Chinese history, grossing over $100 million in China alone. So perhaps it's understandable that the Chinese military is concerned that the movie represents a subtle critique of China's territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

"The decisive battle against the monsters was deliberately set in the South China Sea adjacent to Hong Kong," Zhang said. Beijing has territorial disputes with most of its neighbors in the South China Sea. "The intention was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving mankind...

"Soldiers should sharpen their eyes and enforce a 'firewall' to avoid ideological erosion when watching American movies," Zhang warned.

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gryphoneer
Gryphoneer

To be fair, Hollywood has been the agitprop arm of the extremist right since the 80s (look at the slew of jingoist fight-off-the-evil-ferriners/invaders actioners starring Chuck Norrisean musclemen from around that starting point).

Even the most apolitical filmmakers are forced to politicize productions that were planned to be pure fun. It's almost always an Uhmerkan white anglo male who saves the day the Uhmerkan way, that is by shooting and punching.

And don't come me with excuses "nothing else would sell; audiences are afraid of deviation from the norm", diversity would work if they hadn't conditioned the masses to only accept their narrow trope pool.