G2000 wrote:Terasawa wrote:China has more than a billion people. Add to that the number of Americans that won’t know or care that Legendary is a Chinese-owned company and I’m not sure how the HK protests will greatly impact this movie.
Because Chinese censorship boards can be fickle and a worsening of the situation in Hong Kong might cause them to reassess their stance on this film. Not to mention Legendary itself (or their Wanda financiers) might recut the film, alter the release date, or even pull it altogether (highly unlikely but not without precedent) should anything unexpected come up; many films had to be altered or were straight-up cancelled after 9/11.
No one’s trying to start a “preemptive narrative” blaming anyone should the film underperform; it’s just that in an unfortunate happenstance the filmmakers seem to have chosen to set a decent portion of the film in a city that has since once more become a major sticking point in Sino-Western relations, and that may very well have an impact on the film
Yeah that's true.
But to be honest, I don't think in making the film, Wanda or whoever wasn't pre-emptively aware of these situations. Like, Any film with Chinese pandering hasn't had anything that would encourage anything pro-Hong Kong ideas. A good example would be how in Pacific Rim Hong Kong is treated as "just a city". In fact, I think that KOTM was already made in mind to get past Chinese censors and not be controversial there so we can assume the same will be done with GVK.
I'll also be really transparent here, it's really annoying and frustrating as an American to see American/American based studios be completely subservient to a foreign country to have any success in the box office. I sort of just wish that films could just have lower budgets and be more successful in America. Film budgets are so bloated these days.