sadly, yes, seriously.
Pacific Rim is doing very well in China, despite some tiny subtitle problems, proving again that the Chinese love giant robots. However, even with all the popularity, the Chinese military isn't very happy, claiming that the movie is nothing more than propaganda to spread "American values and ideas".http://kotaku.com/chinas-military-says-pacific-rim-is-american-propagand-1196612758
Last Friday, an article appeared in the Chinese military's newspaper PLA Daily bashing Guillermo Del Toro's epic monster versus robot movie. In the article, which actually should be called an opinion or editorial, the writer makes claims that the movie is nothing more than a vehicle for America's propaganda machine.1
The PLA Daily itself is the official newspaper/media outlet of the People's Liberation Army, serving the same function as say the People's Daily, which is the mouthpiece of the Chinese government.
The article, written by Zhang Xieli, was picked up and republished by pretty much every Chinese State media outlet including Xinhua, People's Daily, and the Global Times. In Zhang's article, Zhang claims that the movie and pretty much every movie out of Hollywood is a Western plot against China.
However, reading Zhang's article, it almost feels like the PLA didn't even watch Pacific Rim, nor did they bother to look into the backstory. At one point Zhang tries to put the bulk of the movie's plot onto the US, effectively saying the Jaeger program, the Wall and the final assault were all orchestrated by the Americans to "save the world by playing the part of world police." Anyone who's watched the movie knows that this is not true.
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