Why is a Chinese nationalistic movie being screened in Malaysia?
Locals have been asking this since the weekend after a major cinema chain teased moviegoers with a poster of the wildly popular The Battle at Lake Changjin.
The three-hour epic movie revolves around the battle between Chinese and American troops during the 1950 Korean war and has raked in US$860 million at the global box office, beating the new Bond film No Time To Die by a quarter of a billion. Still, the propaganda-esque movie is rubbing Malaysians the wrong way.
“We were slow, guys. This CCP movie has been allowed to screen in Malaysia,” Twitter user MHaffizJ wrote yesterday. He was among the thousands who slammed the movie on social media.
Kita yang lalai, guys.
CCP komunis content dibenarkan kt Malaysia.
Kita lalai pic.twitter.com/FADxqweF5V
— 哈菲择 (@MHaffizJ) November 1, 2021
Golden Screen Cinemas, or GSC, teased a poster of the film on Saturday without revealing the release date, saying: “The Battle at Lake Changjin coming to GSC soon!”
The success of the highest-grossing film of the year by Bona Film Group and Chinese military-owned August First Film Studio comes on the back of the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th anniversary. Starring actors Wu Jing and Jackson Yee, the movie tells the story of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong sending troops to battle against American invasion.
“Please take down this movie of communism immediately,” Facebook user Teh Xian Zhi complained Sunday, adding that the movie did not “reflect real history.”
Others said the movie was “propaganda” by the Chinese government.
Finas, the government body responsible for overseeing films screened in the country, did not respond to requests for comment as of publication time.