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Saturday, October 30, 2021

China’s smash-hit war movie raises hackles in Malaysia


A portion of the movie poster for The Battle at Lake Changjin that was teased by Golden Screen Cinemas this evening.

PETALING JAYA: A teaser on the impending release of a smash-hit Chinese war movie has raised hackles among social media users in Malaysia, with some saying it promotes communism and should not be shown.

A teaser for the movie was released by Golden Screen Cinemas on social media this evening, which was quickly met with strong reactions from commenters.

The Battle of Lake Changjin was commissioned by the Chinese Communist Party for its 100th anniversary this year and has made close to US$900 million since its international release last month. It is both the year’s highest-earning film and the highest grossing non-English film of all time.

The film is a fictional account of a Chinese military triumph in the Korean War in late 1950 over international forces led by the US.

In response to GSC’s post, Facebook user DE Ion Yuda said: “Wait this is a communist movie, I don’t think this is allowed in Malaysia.”

Another user, Napoleon Low, said: “This movie is for Mainland Chinese people to enjoy themselves. We don’t need these kinds of communist movies that twist history.” Meanwhile, Alice Neoh asked the chain to “please stop showing this kind of movie”.

Two commenters, Loh Wei Jian and Davis Tan, both asked why a movie with communist allusions was allowed to be screened in Malaysia.

“Finas (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia), please look into this. Films that distort history should not be aired or screened in Malaysia.”

The GSC teaser is a poster for the film showing two soldiers of the People’s Volunteer Army, with the caption “coming to GSC soon”. However, no release date was stated.

The film was released in China on Sept 30, on the eve of China’s national day, commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic on mainland China.

An article in the New York Times described the government-sponsored movie as resonating with the Chinese public at a time of tensions in the US-China relationship despite “mixed reviews, a torturous running time and technical errors of military history”. - FMT

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