China unhappy with South Korea's "A Taxi Driver"?


12 Oct - Although Jang Hoon's new movie, "A Taxi Driver" has been selected to represent South Korea for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category, it seems that China is not so happy about the movie getting all the attention.

As reported on Epoch Times, rumour has it that the Beijing Cyberspace Administration Oversight Centre has released instructions for censors to find and delete "all introductions, online encyclopedia entries, film reviews, recommendations, and other related articles" related to the movie.

Set in 1980, the movie tells the story of a cab driver in Seoul who agrees to take a German journalist to the city of Gwangju to cover the students protest against the Chun Doo-hwan government. The cab driver, who was originally against the protest, is surprised to see the brutality of the government troops in cracking down the protest in what is now known as the Gwangju Uprising.

Many believed that China's reaction to the movie has something to do with the storyline, as it is similar to something that happened in China in 1989.

In 1989, students held a protest in the Tiananmen Square to call for democracy, greater accountability, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech, following the reforms of the 1980s that has benefited some and disaffected others.

At least several hundred demonstrators were killed while trying to block the military's advance towards Tiananmen Square. But to the government, it is a subject that should not be discussed, as they have continued to campaign against any remembrance of the event since it occurred. Netizens who heard the rumours blasted the decision, saying that society will only progress by facing up to history.

(Photo Source: Epoch Times)