Chinese PLA Officer Says Pacific Rim Is U.S Propaganda
Pacific Rim has been called a number of things since its release earlier this summer; mindless fun, ridiculously entertaining and from some corners, turgid. But now, thanks to a Chinese Army officer, we can add Hollywood Propaganda to that list of descriptives. That's right, according to a People Liberation Army Officer, Pacific Rim highlights the U.S Military's plans to dominate Asia and the Pacific. And there was us thinking it was just a bit of a slug-fest between giant robots and giant aliens.
Zhang Jieli wrote these views in the PLAs daily newspaper, arguing that Hollywood movies "have always served as a propaganda machine to convey American values and their strategies in the world." But just what was it about Pacific Rim that has this particular Chinese officer so concerned. Well, in short, Zhang Jieli believes it is the location of the film's final battle scene that holds so much poignancy. According to Zhang, the decision to place this battle scene in the South China Sea represents American intentions to interfere in the politics of the area. On the placement, Zhang said "The intention was to demonstrate the U.S commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving man-kind."
The statement appears to use the movie as part of a response to the upcoming movement of U.S Naval assets to the Asia-Pacific area. Zhang continued to warn the 2.3 million strong PLA against the Hollywood propaganda movement saying "Soldiers should sharpen their eyes and enforce a 'firewall' to avoid ideological erosion when watching American movies."
Despite the paranoia surrounding the movie, Pacific Rim has grossed over $100 million in China, a performance that has almost single-handedly convinced execs to commission a sequel.