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January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood is showing no willingness to stand up to Chinese censors and is in fact doing whatever is necessary to develop movie plots and dialogue that can pass muster with them, the New York Times reported today (Tuesday). Often, according to the article, producers are letting the Chinese censorship board, run by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), vet scripts before they ever start shooting. The newspaper observed: “Studios are quickly discovering that a key to access in China is the inclusion of Chinese actors, story lines and locations. But the more closely a film examines China, the more likely it is to collide with shifting standards, unwritten rules and unfamiliar political powers who hold sway over what can be seen on the country’s roughly 12,000 movie screens.” The result, said the Times, is that Hollywood is producing films to conform with the sometimes conflicting tastes of a 37-member censorship board composed of members of such groups as the Communist Youth League, the Women’s Federation, various government agencies, filmmakers, academics, and professional bureaucrats.