The Hunger Games Receives Positive Reviews in China Despite the Current Situations in the Country

We are already surprised that Lionsgate was able to show “The Hunger Games” in China. Now, what’s more surprising is that the movie was able to receive positive reviews from Chinese reviewers. Apart from that, Yahoo said that “The Hunger Games” was able to gain 66.1 million yuan (8.2 million euros) in the box office for its first week. The Epoch Times recently collected various reviews from the movie. 

Hoping to continue its record-setting box office pace, The Hunger Games opened in China this week. The film, which combines themes from the Minotaur myth, gladiatorial combat and the devastation of war-torn Iraq, evoked strong responses from Chinese social media-goers, some of whom saw it as a valid depiction of the current Chinese political situation.

In the film, described as “the most moving and thoughtful of recent films” by a prominent Chinese television personality who highly recommended it, teenagers are forced to fight to the death as “tribute” to a failed rebellion against the “Capitol” many years before.

Opening a week after the sensitive date of “June 4,” the film includes the line “I wish I could show that they don’t own me.”

This led one online commentator going by the moniker “spider,” to remark, “How did that pass the government’s censors?”

    Having to struggle against a bloody and treacherous web of intrigue is similar to our own country, so I feel that this was no mere teen flick.

— user light blue jade

A flood of comments appeared on Chinese movie review websites.

Several praised the film and sympathized with the plight of the teens: “It has been a long time since I last cried at a movie. When Katniss shows the hand sign of farewell to the people of District 12, I took it as the poor people’s cry for injustice and unfair treatment. It was shocking to see.”

A more somber tone was taken by “colin:” “Too bad that the teens did not die, sparking a revolt against the dictatorship. Perhaps that’s also a regret existing in reality.”

According to “light blue jade:” “Having to struggle against a bloody and treacherous web of intrigue is similar to our own country, so I feel that this was no mere teen flick.”

The film makes clear the contrast between the well-off residents of the “Capitol” and the subsistence standard in the “Districts.”

Icy leaves,” in Guangdong, remarking on this, wrote: “Go see it and afterwards you’ll know that everything is controlled by politics, just like society today where those with the bucks get the respect!”

Conservative media in America viewed the film as indicating the horrors of big government that can oppress people to the point that they cannot produce and be productive.

This sentiment was echoed by “A Fan of Garfield” in Guangdong: “A searing critique of today’s cruel reality.”

The Hunger Games Will be Released at 67 IMAX Theaters in China by June

According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” the Hunger Games will be screened to 67 IMAX theaters in China by June. Find out more about the news from THR’s article below:
The teen tentpole will be released with both dubbed and sub-titled prints in China under new revenue sharing terms recently agreed as part of a WTO arrangement.
Imax’s local partners for the release include the China Film Group, in conjunction with Huaxia Film Distribution Co.
Also pitching in is Lionsgate’s promotional partner in the region, Talent International.
The Hunger Games is already approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office, and Lionsgate anticipates that figure will climb significantly higher after the tent tentpole is released in China.
“The Hunger Games launch in China underscores the franchise’s continued emergence as a truly global phenomenon, and we’re delighted to extend our successful partnership with Imax around the globe to offer moviegoers in China a unique, world-class experience,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman said in a statement.

Hunger Games to be Released in China by June 2012

Get ready China, the Hunger Games will come to you by first half of June 2012. Read on.
From THR.
The teen tentpole, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and has already grossed $620 million in worldwide box office, will screen in the fast-growing Asian market in the first half of June.
That’s a coup for Lionsgate as the Suzanne Collins books, on which the Hunger Games movie franchise is based, have not sold as widely overseas as in North America. Getting the Lionsgate title into China, and also coming up in Japan, gets Hunger Games into an even bigger world market than the one earlier primed by the book series.
And Lionsgate is betting that Chinese cinema-goers that see The Hunger Games will also be more likely to see the Catching Fire sequel, should it also get approval for a release in China.
China watchers were likely surprised by the smooth entry of the Lionsgate blockbuster into China, given the film’s anti-authoritarian themes and the current politically sensitive climate in the country, following the recent debate over the future of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng who had fled house arrest and sought refuge in the U.S. embassy.
The Hunger Games release, in both dubbed and subtitled prints, will be executed by The China Film Group and Lionsgate partner Talent International.
“China is already one of the leading territories at the international box office, and the launch of The Hunger Games in this key market is another sign of the franchise’s continuing emergence as a truly global phenomenon,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman said in a statement.
The Hunger Games will be among the first major Hollywood films to be released in China under the landmark revenue sharing agreement announced in February that allows foreign distributors to collect up to 25 percent of a film’s receipts in China. Previously, Western distributors were allotted just 13 percent-17 percent of their films’ grosses in the country.
 Although the approval announcement all but guarantees Lionsgate a huge Chinese opening weekend in June, the film’s final fate in the country may well depend on how it is received and discussed by the country’s legions of social media users.

Back in 2010, Avatar, the highest grossing movie in China ever, was unexpectedly pulled early from 2D screens amidst reports that propaganda officials had deemed the film’s domestic market dominance undesirable and its storyline too similar to a sensitive issue of the day: the forced eviction of Chinese villagers to make way for civic and commercial development.