China Military Officer: ‘Pacific Rim’ Degrades Chinese as Monster-Eaters

China Military Officer: 'Pacific Rim' Degrades Chinese as Monster-Eaters

PLA Daily op-ed advises officers to erect a "firewall" against U.S. films

A Chinese military officer argues that "Pacific Rim" is nothing more than U.S. propaganda that shows Americans using smarts and technology to battle giant monsters — while the Chinese only seem interested in eating their flesh. 

In an op-ed for the PLA Daily, Zhang Jieli, an officer in the country's People's Liberation Army, warns his fellow soldiers to erect a "firewall" to prevent themselves from being influenced by American movies.

"Hollywood has always been the United States' best propaganda machine," he wrote.

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The original op-ed is in Mandarin, but according to China.org, which translated the piece, Jieli wrote, "The decisive battle against the monsters was deliberately set in South China Sea adjacent to Hong Kong …The intention was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving the mankind."

But while the American characters study the monsters and create machines to battle them, the Chinese are depicted as harvesting their bodies for food and trinkets.

Spokespeople for "Pacific Rim"s' producer Legendary Pictures and distributor Warner Bros. declined to comment, but it's worth nothing that ideology aside, "Pacific Rim" is a sizable hit in China. The film did not perform well in the United States, but has made $106 million in three weeks of release in the People's Republic.

China recently surpassed Japan as the second largest market for films in the world. In 2012, it contributed $2.7 billion in box-office revenue which represented a 36 percent jump from the previous year.

  • driven01

    The character in China was an American. What are they upset about?

  • Mel Manalo

    so what's the problem, these chinkies in fact eat dead foetuses they're greedy locust that consume everything in sight

  • Mel Manalo

    I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you chinkies do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Communist chinese are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.

    - Agent Smith

  • kingfisher

    Actually if you look at them very seriously they are more of robots than viruses. These beings do not have minds and hearts. They will do everything what they are programed to. But in the Philippines people calls them “Intsik” in their dialect. In English it means locusts. Locusts are “insects” (intsik) that reaped off anything that they passed by especially crops.

  • Bayan

    Are they not? Or just too stupid to know?