采访/陈汉 编辑/黄亿美 后制/郭敬
“Despicable Me 2″ to Hit Chinese Movie Theatres
The international animated little yellow people
will finally be hitting Chinese movie theatres.
State media recently cited industry sources,
that prosperous Universal Studio’s box office
animation “Despicable Me 2″, is scheduled for
release on January 10, 2014 in Mainland China.
The first film appeared in 2010, and was
banned by the China Radio and TV Bureau.
One of the characters was deemed similar to former
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin.
Currently, Zhou Yongkang, former member of the
Politburo Standing Committee, and secretary of the
Central Political and Law Commission is under arrest.
Is there another intention behind the Chinese
authorities released this film at this time?
Mainland Chinese people will soon have an
opportunity to meet the ‘little yellow people’
of Hollywood 3D animation Despicable Me 2.
Mainland media citied sources from Universal Studios.
Despicable Me 2 is temporarily scheduled
for release in China on January 10, 2014.
Currently, this animation has surpassed
$914 Million in box office sales globally.
It is ranked fourth in animation box office results.
The films story portrays how the ‘little yellow people’,
shaped like capsule pills with short legs, are robots
made with variant DNA, fatty acids and bananas.
There are many ‘little yellow people’,
who also have their own language.
2010 film “Despicable Me" was banned in Mainland China.
“Despicable Me 2″ almost passed by Chinese
audiences because of CCP SARFT obstruction.
SARFT denied obstructing “Despicable Me 2″
being released in China, and claimed it never
received a review request from producers.
Overseas speculation suggests the ban on Despicable
Me is likely to be due to the fact that some little yellow
people look like former Communist leader Jiang Zemin.
The sitting and greetings the character portray are most
like Jiang Zemin. They also all wear thick-framed glasses.
Some netizens commented: “Look at the glasses
with the huge lenses, and the high waistbands……"
“This could be the real reason that
it can’t be released in the mainland"
“Chest high pants, wearing toad glasses, not only similar
in appearance, but the title of Despicable Me is cheeky too!"
However, the title Despicable Me 2 has been
changed to “Daddy Thief 2″ in Mainland China.
Xing Tianxing, independent commentator: “It is not
only the characters remind people of Jiang Zemin.
It is also the title Despicable Me. The name is actually
crucial, and it is not allowed for sensitive reasons.
The release of the film at least suggests Jiang Zemin’s
faction are becoming non-existent at all levels of the CCP.
That’s the main point.
Meanwhile, the national broadcaster’s release
might be related to Zhou Yongkang’s arrest.
Does that mean Jiang Zemin is the next target?"
Recently, news of Zhou Yongkang arrest circulated widely.
Zhou is a former China Politburo Standing Committee
member, and Secretary of the Politics and Law Committee.
According to Hong Kong media reports, Zhou’s
scandal involves the intention to elect Bo Xilai
as CCP Secretary, so he can be an ‘overlord’.
Additionally, he ordered cronies and planned twice to kill
CCP leader Xi Jinping, using a bomb and a poisoned needle.
He also planned a car accident to kill his ex-wife,
in order to marry his 28-year-old current wife.
He also facilitated his son Zhou Bin to make profits
from PetroChina, with former chairman Jiang Jiemin.
He allowed his brothers and sisters to
receive large bribes, including sexual bribes.
He also reportedly committed adultery
with Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai.
These allegations emphasize that Zhou Yongkang’s
arrest was because of his attempt at a military coup.
According to the US based The Epoch Times, Zhou’s
coup plan was led by the former leader Jiang Zemin.
Yang Weidong, Beijing artist, independent
filmmaker: “The situation now is uncertain
for Jiang Zemin and Xi Jinping’s struggle.
This is because Zhou Yongkang’s arrest has not been
officially announced, even though it’s news has spread.
Releasing the animation film might
be the result of a political struggle."
Although Chinese authorities have not officially announced
the news of investigating Zhou Yongkang, news of his
Yongkang corruption can be widely searched on the Internet.
This is rare under the strict controls within ‘Chinanet’.
The Chinese authorities suddenly releasing
“Despicable Me 2″ has made observers curious.
Who will be the next senior CCP
official to be detained and interrogated?
Interview/ChenHan Edit/HuangYimei Post-Production/GuoJing