China bans films, TV shows featuring time travel to discourage re-writing of history

April 15th, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 15 (ANI): The Chinese government has banned films and TV shows that feature time travel, as it wants its citizens to uphold the country’s values and not promote anything that would re-write history.

Chinese censors issued guidance to the film and television industry, which producers would be unwise to ignore if they want to stay on air.

Time travel is on the list of activities that have been banned for scriptwriters and directors since March 31 that includes reincarnation and feudal superstitions.

The guidance is for makers of TV programmes from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT).

“Producers and writers are treating serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore,” the Daily Mail quoted the Chinese government as saying.

It added that the ban applies to films that contain “fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and even a lack of positive thinking”.

“The government says TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable,” CNN’s Eunice Yoon said.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new ruling comes as the Communist party (CPC) prepares for its 90th anniversary in power.

SARFT issued the guidance telling filmmakers they must follow the central spirit of the CPC to celebrate its 90th anniversary on television.

“All levels should actively prepare to launch vivid reproductions of the Chinese revolution, the nation’s construction and its reform and opening up,” it stated. (ANI)

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