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On this episode of China Uncensored, 10 movie remakes you won’t be seeing from
Hollywood. Sponsored by a Hong Kong film that Hollywood would never allow. Hi, welcome back to China Uncensored. I’m Chris Chappell. Hollywood loves remakes. They’re seen as less risky investments— compared to actually coming up with original
ideas. Which explains why there have been 12 different Batman movies and counting. Or take Karate Kid, the beloved 1984 classic that taught the virtues of waxing both on and off. But a few decades pass, and it’s time to make more money. So Sony Pictures decided to do a Karate Kid remake in 2010 that taught the virtues of sucking up to the Chinese regime— because China has the second largest movie market in the world. They did this by, for example, by setting the remake in Beijing instead of
Los Angeles. And…What? Don’t you know that everyone practices kung
fu on the Great Wall? It’s only a two-hour drive from Beijing. Also, can I just say, as someone who who does actual Kung Fu every morning, Kung Fu is not the same as Karate. But don’t worry, it was only called the Karate Kid in the US, in order to suck nostalgia dollars from our
wallets. In China, t he movie was called The Kung Fu Dream. But anyway, Hollywood did what it had to do to reach the Chinese market, even if it meant casting Jackie Chan as the Mr. Miyagi character, seen here beating up children in the courtyard. He then goes on to lecture the kids about why Chinese people shouldn’t have freedom. Ok, that was a joke. But since Jackie Chan is now appearing in Communist Party propaganda videos that play before every movie that’s shown
in China, it’s not that far off. But sucking up the Chinese regime is a relatively new phenomenon in Hollywood. There was a time when movie studios didn’t care about the Chinese market. But these days, well, some of those movies will never get Hollywood remakes— because it would cost studios access to that
precious, precious Chinese market. So here’s ten movies that will not be getting
remakes. Number 10: The Mask of Fu Manchu
​ There were several films about the evil Fu
Manchu, a character created by British author Sax
Rohmer. But The Mask of Fu Manchu is considered the worst-slash-best— depending on how you look at it. Let’s see, there’s racist slurs. “You hideous yellow monster!” There’s the Chinese bad guy played by a
white actor. And the whole terrible depiction of Chinese
people in general. “Then conquer and breed! Kill the white man, and take his women!” Even during its original release in 1932, the Chinese government launched a formal complaint through its US Embassy. Not that Hollywood cared at the time. They were too busy making movies for the German market. Number 9: Macao When this movie was released in 1952, Macau was still a Portuguese territory. And it was no stranger to gambling, prostitution, and all the exciting corruption that goes along with it. Just like today under Chinese rule. But now, of course, Macau’s dark underbelly is more embarrassing, since it’s frequented by corrupt Chinese political and business leaders laundering their ill-gotten gains. So this one’s probably not getting remade. Number 8: The Sand Pebbles This film takes place on the Yangtze River
in China in 1926. It involves an American crew aboard the fictional
USS Pablo. But during its filming in the early 1960s, Mao Zedong was busy killing millions of people, and foreigners weren’t exactly welcomed
in China. So it was filmed mainly in Hong Kong and Taiwan. It was nominated for eight Oscars, including best actor for Steve McQueen. But despite being a great film, its depiction of American gunboat diplomacy
of the era means this story will never be remade by Hollywood. Number 7: Year of the Dragon This film was about a New York City detective fighting gangsters in Chinatown. Some loved it; some hated it. But objectively, it flopped— losing millions of dollars in theaters. But that’s not why Year of the Dragon won’t be remade by Hollywood. It’s because of complaints from the Chinese
community about racial slurs, and the general depiction of Chinese people as thugs, criminals, and
triads. Sure, there are triad movies made by Hong Kong directors, but Chinese government draws the line at foreigners airing their dirty laundry. Literally, I mean, since they censored a scene in Mission Impossible III when Tom Cruise walked past laundry hanging from balconies in Shanghai. Number 6: Big Trouble in Little China The Chinatown-themed movie also flopped when it was released, but it has since become a cult classic. Sure, there was some talk about a remake a few years ago, starring the Rock. But I doubt that’s going to happen. Is it because of China’s current box office
clout a nd Hollywood’s aversion to offending Beijing? Nah. Two words: Chinese wizards. Although now that I think of it, if anyone could defeat Chinese wizards to get the movie made, it would be the Rock. But even the Rock couldn’t get this movie shown in China. Chinese villains and making fun of Chinese
culture is a total nonstarter, regardless of the intentional buffoonery. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t exactly have a sense of humor. Number 5: The Last Emperor This film won all nine Oscars it was nominated
for, and pulled in $109 million at the global box
office. It was based on the life of Puyi, the boy who became emperor of the Qing Dynasty at age 3, and died during the Communist Party’s Cultural Revolution. Amazingly, the production got the official
blessing of the Chinese government at the time. But this was in the mid-80s, when China seemed to be reforming and its leaders were craving international
recognition. The Tiananmen Square massacre a couple years
later pretty much erased all those efforts. A remake of this story in today’s hyper-sensitive Chinese political
environment would be problematic— because, despite Puyi’s eventual loyalty to the Communist Party, the Party treated him pretty badly, and no one wants embarrassing things like
the truth to come out. Number 4: Red Corner In this film, an American businessman visits Beijing and is blackmailed for murder by corrupt Chinese businessmen and government officials. It’s critical of the Chinese government, plus it reinforces some of the sexist Western stereotypes about Chinese women. This is also one of the films that got Richard Gere banned from most Hollywood productions— although his remarks at the 1993 Oscars supporting human rights and the Dalai Lama had already put him on many studios’ blacklists. In Hollywood, you’re free to criticize the US government
all you want, but criticizing the Chinese Communist Party
is a no-go. That’s why Hollywood studios are hesitant to cast Richard Gere in any role these days. They know that it will make it hard for them to get their films shown in China. Number 3: Seven Years in Tibet This film is based on a true story. It stars Brad Pitt as a heroic, sexy Nazi? Well, he was Austrian, and he was cleared of any crimes. But anyway, he was trying to climb a mountain in the Himalayas when World War II started, and he spent pretty much the entire war in a British POW camp in India, until he escaped to Tibet in 1944. Anyway, Brad Pitt— I mean his character— meets the Dalai Lama and a lasting friendship ensues. But the important part here is that it shows the CCP’s benevolent “liberation”
of Tibet as more of a brutal invasion. That is way too accurate for Hollywood. So yeah, this film is not going to get remade
anytime soon. Number 2: Kundun Another Tibet-related film, released in the same year. This one tracks 20-plus years of the Dalai Lama’s life, from childhood through when he flees Tibet after the CCP’s “liberation”— where he was liberated from his throne and very nearly liberated from his life. This one will also forever be banned in China, and therefore Hollywood. And Number 1: Spy Game
​ A-listers Robert Redford and Brad Pitt ensured box office success for this spy thriller, but when your third act climax involves a US Navy SEAL team landing on Chinese soil to extract two American political prisoners held by the People’s Liberation Army, you know you’ll have problems getting the film into Chinese theaters. But of course back in 2001, China’s box office was negligible, so that wasn’t a major factor for Universal
Pictures. If Spy Game were remade today, the third act would probably involve North
Korea. Like that terrible, terrible remake of Red Dawn. It was terrible. Now I’m not saying Hollywood is bad. I’m just saying… it’s pure evil and feeds on the souls of
innocent children. But no judgement here. Unfortunately, Hollywood has so much power, that it’s hard for smaller movies to get
made— even if they’re potentially really, really awesome. Which brings me to an indie film that both the Chinese Communist Party and Hollywood will censor: “The Last Days of Hong Kong.” The producer and I worked together to bring you this episode. “Last Days” is a political thriller about a maverick private detective who uncovers a plot that threatens the lives of all Hong Kongers. And it takes place on the eve of Hong Kong’s complete turnover to Chinese communist rule in the year 2047. Not only will this film anger the Communist
Party, but it will also feature actors and artists who’ve been blacklisted in China. So it’s really not getting made by Hollywood. And that’s why it needs your support. Click the link below or here in this box to watch the teaser. They’ve just launched a kickstarter campaign, and if you can help them raise 500,000 HK
dollars— which is about 64,000 US dollars— by November 17, it’ll actually get made. Thanks for watching this episode of China
Uncensored. I’m Chris Chappell. See you next time. Click the box and help make a movie.

100 Comments

  1. Madison Atteberry Author

    'You can criticize the U.S. government all you want but China? That's a no go.' Yes, yes the same people who scream '1st amendment rights' is so willing to go against that amendment when their pocketbooks are concerned.

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  2. Moirangthem Somorendro Author

    Chinese last emperor died of stomach complications. he was even allowed to write book which was known all over the world. but yes cultural revolution effected his easy going relation with Mao the very person who protected and encourage him write books on his life.

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  3. d.u.g. Drilly Author

    I cant believe that Hollywood is letting Chinese leaders influence the movies they make. is money that important? aw well, we still have our independent movie makers. they wont allow chinese leaders to stop their freedoms to create.

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  4. 中出猜拿 Author

    remake of "Inglorious Bastard" – invested by India, Australia & Japan, starring Sasha Baron Cohen casted as the Borat of Tibet, story line just the same as the original film,  Borat & his team blow off a convention center / theater to kill Xitler of the Chinese NSDAP of whom is delivering a speech of CCCP's Dream….   just for India, Japan, Korea, Australia & EU markets only.

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  5. Denny the Davinchi Author

    I understand Chinese Communist Party is very chauvinistic and want to protect his country from outside influence but this kind of Mass Media Imperialism cannot be forgivable.

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  6. Colonel__ Klink Author

    The real sad thing. The really sad thing is that because of how political anything chinese is a novel war movie idea I had would never be possible. If the communists didn't shoot it down Americans would call it communist propaganda (wrongly.)

    It would be novel and interesting to see a movie titled "stand at shanghai" or something, about how Cheng kai shek knew Shanghai had to be defended from Japanese invaders as a symbol of resistance, but knew that keeping the city was simply not going to happen. So instead of sending his crack german trained troops, he sent his dregs to die. The dregs wound up fighting harder then anyone could have imagined. Essentially the movie is a "Chinese alamo" that really could be quite good and it is a true underdog story.

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  7. Margaret Wilson Author

    I can't believe Hong Kong is simply going to be part of mainland China by 2047… The sunset clause is just sad. If only we could turn back time…

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  8. الله كذبة Author

    Unfortunately, the Last days of Hong Kong movie didn't receive even 1/8 of the funding necessary, so we won't get to see what would otherwise have been a genre-redefining futuristic yet accurate portrayal of the betrayal of the Hong Kong people and traditional Chinese culture as a whole by the Red Chinese Communist Party. I guess censorship wins again! Shame, people!

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  9. Crash103179 Author

    I remember 1997, when the Chinese threatened Hollywood over movies like Kundun, 7 Years and Red Corner. Hollywood responded with a giant "F.U. You can't limit our speech." They then said nothing for 20 years because they were too busy sucking Chinese c*ck.

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  10. Lars Chue Author

    1) "Fu Manchu" remade into "Fu Manchu 2: Freedom from White Nightmare
    2) "Big Trouble in Little China Town" remade into "Little Trouble in Big America" (China saves America from POC)

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  11. Ray Tam Author

    How about the film "Nineteen Eighty-four"? Btw it is strange that ALL I posted comments said that CCP produced Sino-Japan war TV programs are equal to 2" Hate in "Nineteen Eighty-four" are ALL disappeared !!

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  12. Bill Author

    Did you not want to mention that, because of US propaganda against its own majority white population, Karate Kid HAD to be remade with the son of a black actor?

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  13. EphReinhard Author

    Best new Karate Kid be in Russia, a drunk ex-KGB teacher of Systema, bonus point if the pupil is a slavic girl that connot be a model, due to a scar or something like that, but still top model material.

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  14. George Boehringer Author

    I grew up in the gay bay of San Francisco Big Trouble in Little China was my favorite movie when I was a kid. I am disappointed in Jackie Chan he is a traitor to his race. I hate him on behalf of the Chinese people I used to like him

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  15. eth3rl0rds Author

    Dude, have you ever seen a chinese smiling/laughing/getting your joke? And you are expecting the sense of humor in them? Well good luck lol XD

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  16. NTJedi Author

    2:42 "Kill the white man" … Heck the liberals, democrats, social justice warriors and Hollywood are saying this all the time in our world today.

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  17. Lanora Ruiz Author

    Im so over Hollywood and thankfully I really don't care for Hollywood movies anyway. I gravitate towards independent and forgien films. Hollywood seems to think all they need is big name actors and tons of special effects and it will be a hit. So they use these terrible actors with their watered down scripts then advertisement is rampant and merchandise is overly saturated to the point it makes you want to scream. So dull, but so shiny with lots of sparkling explosions pulls in people that will pay to see it then complain constantly.

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  18. A S Author

    Americans have had enough of Hollywood. Everything they've been putting out is failing. No one believes the media reports of success anymore. We know it's all bandwagon propaganda.

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  19. Jacob Blanton Author

    Yea, these changes began "only recently" and was definitely done only for money…

    Just like all the leftwing socialist nutjobs running our education systems just popped up overnight and haven't been brainwashing people for… waitaminute…

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  20. BlackEquinox Author

    This is all very detrimental because Hollywood is so creatively stagnant that they have no choice but to remake movies already written. So taking anything off the table hurts.

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  21. daniel childofgod Author

    It is the same with major auction House's in America.
    If you have high quality Chinese art as an American you will not get fair market value for it because the auction houses will only except high-value Chinese art from only from their Chinese counterparts
    And for the rest of us we have to deal with Chinese brokers/ Chinese government agents
    Who try to buy our item for pennies on the dollar
    And sell it in China for millions of dollars
    The major auction houses of America have knowingly participated in defrauding the American people
    Of course it helps when majority of the shares of of Sotheby's is owned by China Garden which is Chinese government subsidized Auction House based in Beijing

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  22. Delicious DeBlair Author

    WOW I MET THAT MAN!!! WE E-MAILED ONCE ABOUT TEAMING UP!!!

    Sadly, it looks like they went out of business [sad eyes].

    I hope they did not go to China and get 'disappeared' by the CCP!

    I tried messaging them and it would not work, and I went to their home page link and it was up for grabs by the domain name sellers as a defunct web domain.

    That is so horribly sad!

    Can you please see if you can reach them?

    Remember the book I sent you?

    It is the exact same time and era and the 2 stories overlay quite perfectly.

    I messaged the guy in Linked In like 2 years ago now and he seemed very interested, but then he just disappeared.

    Now his Vimeo account is inactive, his Kickstarter project is dead in the water, and his web site is down.

    This is VERY worrying!

    I TRULY HOPE he was not abducted by those commie pinko rats!!!

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  23. wolfwarrior 397 Author

    I don't know Red Dawn wasn't too bad as long as you pretend that the Flags are Chinese and instead of hearing Korean you pretend you are hearing Chinese. Long story short you can tell who the bad guys really are if you know how to " read between the lines." The last 3 I actually saw personally and actually loved them.

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  24. Ch Pe Author

    I had the same issue's with Karate kid. Karate is Japanese and Kung Fu is Chinese. The movie should have been called The Kung Fu kid in the U.S. Jackie Chan is Okinawan. I'm pretty sure that makes him pretty much Japanese.

    Richard Gere also has rumors about putting animals in his rectum. I'm sure that doesn't help him get movie roles.

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  25. Kade Daivis Author

    U know what I’ll actually watch that film and to that producer just say what they said about citizen cane “it’s the movie no one will let u see”

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  26. J J Author

    AMC Theaters are now owned byDalian Wanda Group – 5,048 screens now control the Peoples Liberation Army message – same company creating a theme park in the Communist Party’s revolutionary birthplace Yan’an to cash in on the growing trend of so-called “red tourism”. AMC (just think American Mao Chinese) Theaters has the largest share of the American theater market ahead of Regal Cinemas and Cinemark Theatres. The company's headquarters are located in Leawood, Kansas.
    After acquiring Odeon Cinemas, UCI Cinemas, and Carmike Cinemas in 2016, it became the largest movie theater chain in the world, and also the largest in the United States, with 2,200 screens in 244 theatres in Europe and over 8,200 screens in 661 theatres in the United States. So yea, I never watch movies at AMC – I protest with my wallet – no commies allowed.

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  27. MigHound Author

    You think Hollywood is the only one that's in a remake slump? Do you know how many versions of Lady White Snake there are? …or Bride with White Hair, or Dream of the Red Chamber?

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  28. Aries Might Author

    How about a multi warped world view. uncensored. were we include to acknowledge all the various Marxist, Socialist, Communist, Libertarian, SJW etc. So not one of these world warped views gets left out.

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  29. Devonly Author

    Sounds like an interesting movie But won't cough some country's hackers hack into Kick Starter and mine all supporters of the movie and then turn our bank accounts into $0 or intercept us if we ever go to *cough^ some country and spend some quality reeducation time by bars of enlightenment?

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  30. Christopher Author

    Well guess Ill be a pirate. Definitively not going to feed the beast, let's starve it. Hollywood is ok with organ harvesting and running people with groceries in both hands over with tanks. Degenerates.

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  31. Brian Brewster Author

    1:01. I can't imagine when they could've filmed this Karate Kid (Kung Fu Dream) remake on the Greaet Wall. Back in 2008, the smog was so bad, you couldn't see parts of the this structure for the heavy haze. Here it seems more a special effect than anything else. I never saw a country with so much smog as China. Landing at Beijing International, we coudn't even see the terminal. It was after we rode in a bus for 5 minutes we started to see ther terminal. Creeped me out, man!

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  32. East Coast Enzo Author

    Year of the Dragon was incredible—I mean, sarcastic unlikeable rugged individualist who actually admires (and understands) Chinese culture more than the pandering racist douchebags around him, takes on the triad on behalf of the Chinese in chinatown (and the rest of New York), and no offense to the triads but what's not to love? Granted, I was a bit torn since Joey Tai and Ricky Tan are the same person, and I still felt upset about his laptop…what was I saying? Plus Teresa Teng music. 

    I walked away from Year of the Dragon being even more interested in Chinese culture than I was before I saw it. Sort of Fellini using La Dolce Vita to indict decadent hedonistic Roman cafe society by making it look super awesome.

    As to the Sand Pebbles, it was absolutely phenomenal and showed China and Chinese culture in a very positive light. In fact, the Chinese and McQueen come out looking the best in the film.

    Most of these movies have something in common—they portray both Chinese and non-Chinese as heroic (or villainous) archetypes. Even a misrepresentation through Western eyes still sold me and millions more on an interest in China. Like that opening of Once Upon a Time in America (more opium Bobby?). Remember who saved him, right?

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