Tuesday, August 24, 2010

China Says No to Film Ratings

China's top movie-industry regulator, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, has put a lid on the notion of a film classification system. A spokesman said that the government believes such a system is "inappropriate."

At present, censorship is the pathe used to decide about the release of films. "[F]lmmakers in China believe that if the censor's scissors were replaced with a reliable ratings system, helmers and producers could take more risks with content and story. The censorship process also takes a long time, meaning there can often be a hiatus between a pic's international bow and its Chinese preem, giving pirates ample time to flood the market with good DVD copies of the movie for impatient filmgoers."

From Clifford Coonan, "China Says No to Film Ratings," Variety, August 23, 2010.

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