April 14th, 2011
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – China has been cracking down on dissent of late, as the recent detainment of artist Ai Weiwei suggests.

But the latest guidance on television programming from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China borders on the surreal – or, rather, an attack against the surreal.

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourage plot lines that contain elements of "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

“The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

The Chinese censors seem to be especially sensitive these days. But for the television and film industry, such strictures would seem to eliminate any Chinese version of “Star Trek,” “The X-Files,” “Quantum Leap” or “Dr. Who.”  And does that mean rebroadcast of huge Hollywood moneymakers like “Back to the Future” and the “Terminator” series are now forbidden?

These guidelines will certainly add a creative challenge to Chinese writers, producers and directors. CNN.com’s Dean Irvine wondered how some classic time travel films might be re-imagined minus the time travel:

“Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure”

Two California dudes meet a strange man who used to be a stand-up comic and who directs them to a phone box near the Circle K. They don't travel back in time to find answers for their end of year report; instead the pair make crank calls for 90 minutes and flunk out of school. Wyld Stallyns remain a crap garage band.

“Back to the Future”

Poor Marty McFly, no “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance for him - instead he gets caught up in a local eccentric's plutonium smuggling ring. After witnessing his death at the hands of terrorists, McFly is forced to change his identity and move away from Hill Valley. (At least he escapes his Oedipal complex.)

“The Time Traveler’s Wife”

Despite being told not to talk to strangers, a young Clare Abshire meets a peculiar naked man when out playing in the fields near her family's country estate.  A traumatizing experience, she grows up only able to have dysfunctional relationships with men who have a nasty habit of disappearing or running away from her.

“12 monkeys”

Bruce Willis doesn't travel back to Baltimore from a Terry Gilliam post-apocalyptic future – he is just a loony.

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  1. CHINA

    you stupid american no understand chinese culture. time travel give population hope. we government rule with iron fist there no hope. stupid american. a ha. a haha. a ha. haha. a ha a ha.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:20 am |
  2. geopeck

    This will be your undoing China! HAHAHA!! the more you tighten your grip the more will slip through your fingers!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:33 am |
  3. Emmett Brown

    GREAT SCOTT!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  4. Elizabeth

    I guess the movie Titanic would be banned because the boat had a lack of enough positive thinking to stay afloat. Also, a good deal of human suffering under Mao will have to be re-written– oh, that's right, they already rewrote that part. Never mind, hail Fearless Leader!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  5. Mack Willington

    Who are the people who made up these guidelines?

    Post their e-mail addresses so we can send them Goatse :)

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  6. oneoarout

    Talk about a bizarre directive. Chinese television is full of fantasy, including people flying through the air and putting hexes on each other. It's doubtful there are any people as superstitious as the Chinese. It's indeed an ambiguous moral lesson when depictions of time travel are outlawed in a country where learning from the past is essential for the refinement of true positive thinking. What's next, no depictions of unhappiness?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  7. Max

    China will probably ban dreaming during sleep next.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  8. Cdadd

    Head line is a bit over the top to say the least

    April 14, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  9. Ted

    Then what's next? No movies for China at all?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  10. Marty

    Marty: "Wait a minute! Are you telling me you made a time machine out of a Delorean?"
    Doc: "Yes! The stainless steel structure, made.......... watch out!"
    Marty: "Doc, this is... this is incredible. Does it run on ordinary unleaded gasoline?"
    Doc: "Unfortunately I had you use something a little stronger – plutonium."
    Marty: "Are you saying this sucker is nuclear?"
    Doc: "No, only the flux capacitor. I stole it from a group of Chinese censors who believe that the average Chinese citizen is a moron".

    April 14, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  11. Manny

    Maybe the Chinese should ban their own movies. Many of them involve legendary characters flying through the air with swords, or taking on 10 people in a bar fight at the same time. Also, alot of technological advancments have grown from science fiction shows or movies like Star Trek. Fantacy is meant to inspire viewers to achieve the impossible, eliminating the imagination is seriously going to destroy the spirit of progress.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 am |
  12. Paul

    Sensitive? I mean, hey, you wanna talk about being sensitive? The day the chinese government starts to sexually harrass 3 yearold kids in chinese airports is the day americans and her hoes can talk about being sensitive about things. Hahahhahahaha

    April 14, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  13. Andy

    I don't think the report is fair or have a good understanding though. These movies mentioned in the report are not even the target or will be banned.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  14. Acharya Harikrushna

    Chinize Government is highly suppresive to media they are always afraid of that people will understand truth and overthrough them, recently during Jasmin Revolution of Middle east chinize government feared they also will face such revolution. Why this chinize government and its ruling party is always feel threat to them by media, religious groups (Budhism is oldest religion ) people who talk about freedom of press and public. Now they are(chinize censorship agency) to media that instead of "Time Travel" media must flatter the government. Sham on you,Chinize Govrnment.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  15. Ted Ramasola

    Chinese government is old and stupid.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  16. Robert DAVIS

    They do realize someone is just going to travel back in time and nullify this action. Don't they?

    April 14, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  17. Thomas

    Everything is available, one way or another, via the Internet, for the consumption of this genre of movies. And this is from a country that allows the manufacture of a product called, of all things, "Joan of Arc Red" – artificial hymens for women to want to GO BACK IN TIME TO ERASE THEIR VIRGINITY? Well we don't need to bother about Joans visions to reclaim England, nor do we need to worry about faking losing your virginity. Wake up China. The more you pull this type of stunt on the "People's Republic", the more resistance you will have. "Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. " – Confucius.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  18. dosa

    how ironic. indian has embrace everything philosophy ...and china is just the opposite.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  19. Lin

    Funny how everybody seems to be an 'expert' on all, why waste breathe? China is not reading your posts.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  20. Whaduknow

    Who cares about back to the future, I was just looking at her.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  21. Richard Heteny

    What is so strange?I live in Quebec were anything English is discouraged and is technically a crime. Every government has special views.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  22. plazmo

    Here comes the fun-police...

    April 14, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  23. Réal Laplaine

    Little communists shaking in their boots because.. the people might find out the truth about them, that they are a bunch of whack-jobs, using fear and terror tactics to control the largest population on earth. I can't wait until this balloon pops and ten million chinese people wall over the PRC's inner core and military like they are grasshoppers. Then we're going to see a new China – that time has come.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  24. edvhou812

    Whenever I think America is looney-tune, I hear about China and realize that there are weirder countries in the World.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  25. RD

    It is nice to hear a differenet voice from CNN. But this is only a temporary restriction. You should see it in China's context (recently, lots of nonsense, crappy, religious-typed Chinese movies). Don't be so nervous.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  26. So stupid

    ahahahahahahah.. that is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

    I feel sorry for their people..

    What's next? Ban unicorns? Laughing? these people should rise up against this stupidity.

    china, you make movies like 1984 seem real!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  27. So stupid

    Bad government is bad.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  28. Mike

    Very ironic that the Chinese government would ban movies where people travel back in time to rewrite history when the Party are the biggest offenders of revisionist history

    April 14, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  29. Pooon Tang

    The citizens will just laugh at the government for trying to impose this stupid law, much like that idiotic "green dam youth escort" crap they tried to pull a couple of years ago.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  30. Tyler Durden

    Absurd right? We keep shrugging off these things as if China is only a problem for Chinese citizens. China is becoming everyone's "big brother". Did you know that MGM filmed a remake of the movie "Red Dawn" where China invades the USA? But the studio actually spent extra money post production to change the plot so that North Korea invades the USA instead. All because they didn't want China to ban MGM movies. American corporations and politicians are being submissive to a country that has no regards for freedom of expression. But the public chooses to believe that China is not a threat.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  31. Belky

    What a joke!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  32. Mark

    The more I hear about China the more I respect them.
    Fantasy, Myths and such are mere delusions such stories are non sense. China wants it people to focus on the reality and real tangible things and less on silly things. Makes sense to me.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  33. nira

    i wonder how many chinese have a 'communicator', i mean cell phone or other gadgets that seemed like 'surreal' ideas first came from star trek.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  34. Brian

    It's all about maintaining state control over the historical narrative. I suspect Chinese filmmakers were using fantasy and time travel to sneak in non-state-approved ideas about recent Chinese history past government censors. The censors couldn't keep up with the filmmakers, so they took the easy way out and just banned time travel. I don't think the Chinese government has a problem with "Back to the Future" per se, but they have to ban it also to maintain appearances.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  35. andew

    Gadzooks!!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  36. shaggy

    IN CHINA, FILIPINO OFW'S BECAME THEIR DRUG MULE, AND GOT IMPRISONED AND PUT TO DEATH SENTENCE.. .BUT HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES, CHINESE PEOPLE BECAME DRUG DEALERS AND DRUG LORDS BUT SAD TO SAY NO CHINESE PERSON HAS BEEN PUT TO DEATH... .MAY GOD JUDGEMENT BE UPON US... .

    April 14, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  37. ignacio

    well surprise surprise what do we expect they are communist why are we so shocked. i believe the people of china will retake their country eventually

    April 14, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  38. University Prof

    The foolish moral censors in China responsible for this silly announcement should all be forced to read Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, which contains a satirical story called "Usher II." In this story a man of the future (now living on Mars) creates a mechanical version of Edgar Allan Poe's famous House of Usher as a way to punish foolish moral censors who have passed laws (on Earth) banning all forms of "myth and irreality" in art.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  39. University Prof

    Note: Bradbury's story was written in the 1950's.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  40. ????????????????

    you are the future ufo and you ban yourselfs.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  41. fiskenmann

    I see china are the censors on here also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  42. China is great Time Travel is capitalist Invention

    China is great glorious hope of shining star! Science is evil western ideology! We must ban all Science, Science Fiction and crazy idea that western capitalist evil create! People must not be allowed think things like Science! We soon live in cave and outlaw cars. Cars is crazy western capitalist ideology! WE MUST BAN CARS! And bicycles, they invented by west as well. And ban soft drinks, they make me hiccup. San Dimas High School Football RULES!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  43. Hungi

    And what about the capitalist porn? That is much worse... :)

    +1: Dont forget that in China you can buy the cheapest pirate DVD-s, sometimes before than the official street date. I dont think they will stop reproducing those kind of movies...

    April 14, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  44. KC

    Maybe they are scared their citizen maybe incentivized to produced a real time machine and rewrite chinese future!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  45. Steve

    World of Warcraft is huge over there as well. Considering how many young people there use video games to escape reality, I wonder what would happen if they tried to ban them as well...

    April 14, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  46. Bill S. Preston, Esquire & Ted "Theodore" Logan

    We're... WYLD STALLYNS! Be excellent to each other. Party on, dudes! Put them in the iron maiden. Excellent! Execute them. Bogus!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  47. iklindo

    If it weren't for sci-fi, time travel and all the other now banned types of fantasy we as a people wouldn't be where we are. We as a species are pushed to strive for the uninvented by our imagination. I am so sic and tired of China and their ignorance. All they can do is wait for someone to do something great and then steal the plans and copy it. What has China given the World since it has sunk into communism? Nothing but tainted toys, poisoned drywall, toxic food and endless bans. What a crap country we see.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  48. ASSSS

    I lived in Communist state,

    Its common for Communist state to ban a lot of things, torture peoples minds, i hope communism will never return to ex yougoslav states.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  49. Kyle Reese

    Listen and understand. That terminator is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, EVER, until you are DEAD!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  50. Unknown

    “The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon.
    ______________________________________________
    Wasn't the purpose of the Cultural Revolution was to rewrite history hypocrites?

    April 14, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  51. supcal

    yes, why don't we create a whole series of time travel back to 9/11, the moment when the plane hits the twin tower, how people die inside, and how much we would like to save those towers but couldn't....so we travel back AGAIN and let the history repeat itself....and let all those people who had bad memories of 9/11 experience the same thing again and again....

    so for people who points at China, try looking into the mirror.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  52. Tupster

    Except for Back to the Future, none of the stories listed involve changing the past. In fact I think most time travel stories are written as if the time traveler had always existed in the past and/or future and the fun of the plot is revealing how they effected events without knowing it. Think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    And how do you ban both fatalism and the ability to change your destiny?

    April 14, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  53. Jason

    To each their own i guess. Tho it does sound a lil absurd seeing as it is completely fake and only a movie. Does that also apply to video games as well? If so, They'll have a very short list of video games to play.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  54. Bill in Slidell

    It must be hell to live in a country where the government tells you how to think.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  55. Tom

    Bear in mind this isn't LAW, as some are suggesting here. These are guidelines and as such will not prohibit time-travel classics from being shown What they do target is the preponderance of Chinese shows being churned out these days which rely on the exact same plot device. Of the dozen or so shows that I've grown bored of over the last year, msot all of them involve travelling back in time to re-write the past. It's not just annoying and dumb but it's pandering and when you see the reaction of the locals you can kinda see why the authorities may be keen to curb the growth of this phenomenon as it is bordering in unhealthy. The past is the past and while it may be entertaining escapism from time to time to imagine if things had turned out differently, China is becoming obsessed with an unending stream of fantastical stories of how much better life would be if only yadayadayada. Ok, so perhaps China isnt' such a great country to live in, right now. There's a huge wealth gap and inflation bites. It sucks, I know, but people could probably benefit from focussing on improving their lot in life – in real terms – and not wallowing so much in "what if?" fantasy.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  56. leesghost

    That only leaves Chinese Porn

    April 14, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  57. leesghost

    And all the scientific shows, about how rhino horn and bear gall make you please woman.
    No fantasy there, only true fact.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  58. Muna

    Domestic flights within China should be banned because they are not "real" They should use their tai-chi based kung-fu for transportation. Their low center of gravity is awesome. Lol
    Ironic...

    April 14, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  59. TimeCop2034

    Now someone will have to go back in time to pre-empt this legislation – THE TIME TRAVELLERS WILL ALWAYS WIN

    April 14, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  60. Steve T

    The best part was, I clicked on this article to expect 1000 Chinese comments... they never fail to deliver. Whether it's Tibet, online censorship, TV blackouts, the Dalai Lama, they aren't fair weather fans, always backing up their lack of civil rights to the max.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  61. George McFly

    Last night Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't stop watching movies that don't promote positive thinking, that he'd melt my brain.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  62. american

    I think it's very funny that all Americans are making fun of China, on how they censor things, etc!!!
    Nobody is looking into our own country!!!
    We claim to have a democracy but we are just fools!!! The government here is just as bad.........
    They are trying to censor internet and control information!!!
    Open your eyes and your minds!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  63. Wanda

    Well since China is against such things and blocking of them, will they stop making such fantasy toys that are connected with such movies and pretense? Will the U.S. have to find someone new to make these such toys, seeing that much of our toys and goods are made in China? Now that would be interesting!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  64. Seer

    The Chinese should know better: "positive thinking" is a form of denial of reality, that in turn magnifies the "opposite" or "negative-thinking" side – a fundamental psychological and spiritual truth that Confucius himself knew of. The more you deny the negative, the more you become the negative in order to deny it – as we can see in the Chinese who are futilely attempting to travel back into the past of Mao's time in order to recapture his self-deluded "positive" vision of a society in which everyone was under state control.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  65. Stonewall

    I guess I wont be moving to China anytime soon...Do what you want but do not cut up Hollywood movies to fit your governments beliefs. Its too obvious and China must think their people are stupid...I would think the people would be offended by their governments actions..Especially embarrassed..Time to speak up people of China, everyone else is, why not you?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  66. Mr. Concern

    yes you are correct shaggy. i will add more. I project that China will take over the Philippines in the next few years. Look around you and all thekey positions in the Government as well as in the Private Sector are headed by Filipino-Chinese and now recently a pure chinese...I think they mislead us in their true intention to the Philippines. we must fight back against those chinese bastards... tulungannatin mga kababayan natin na inaabuso sa ibang panig ng Pilipinas lalo na yung sa Divisoria. let's organize and fight back. Siguru panahon na para muling sariwain ang pkikipag laban ng nating mga Pilipino laban sa punyetang mga Chinese na yan

    April 14, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  67. steven

    the fear of losing control often probes surreal behaviours...they couldn't possibly tell the truth...they are scared looking at what is happening in africa...imaging an uprising in china.....1.3 billion people ....that could be a "forward to the future" scenario...scary isn't it?? depends for who though....

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  68. Sweet Sharon

    Time for Chinese government to cut the budget of their censorship department and retrench some of these workers. They definitely have too much free time and have nothing better to do.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  69. Shyste

    Wow. The Chinese government has nothing better to do than censor movies? Good job China, wasting time on things like this will ensure that you never rule the world as some believe these days. And I don't plan on learning that ugly language, so thank you China for having such ambitious priorities such as banning time travel on TV. HAHAHAHA! You people and your government are laughable.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  70. chittywok

    When is China gonna realize that they are being LEAD in the wong direction?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  71. constant

    I guess that the story is a bit of misunderstanding of the new rule from SARFT. It mainly focuses on the tv plays adapted from internet time travel frictions. Recently, this kind of tv plays are full of main chennels in China. Making rules to ban herd behavior which is SARFT's favor methord. Just like Television PK shows have been banned before.
    It is sort of immature, but do not demonize it.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  72. jeroen de Bruine

    Certain technical "time loop" research experiments are currently being done , and are highly classified. When that would be questioned , or better to say, people would find out "en masse" unrest could occur perhaps. Chinese government thinks it needs to control all it's little minions as good as it gets. We the people need to wake up , expand our mind, free our spirits, delve deep into all possible theories and perspectives on reality. It is the utmost time to challenge authority, think outside every box and storm the skies !

    April 14, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  73. Michael

    Their attempts at censorship sound naive and preposterous! But I guess the Chinese government is making every attempt to make sure the Chinese don't turn out lazy, ignorant, obese, diabetic, arrogant, war-mongering, religious fanatics etc. like the Americans brought up on TV talk shows and bad Hollywood movies.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  74. Eric

    If you Americans doubt that, you should really watch those ridiculous TV series.The content misguide people who don't know the right history.What would you feel if we shoot a soap opera saying Abraham Lincoln is an alien?If you wanna judge this ,first thing you should do is actually watching it, not judging us only by your own imagination!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  75. Josh

    I guess most people here has never saw any local Chinese TV shows. Most of them are quite low-cost and stupid, that ban order might make a little bit sense on that point, you wouldn't image how awful these TV shows are....

    April 14, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  76. CrazyMan510

    Im proud to be an american when i hear things of this sort... i respect everyones culture but this i cannot agree with. China will learn though that you cannot destroy hope if that is their agenda and goal there is always hope

    April 14, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  77. Leo

    Seriously, there's no such ban. In a conference of all Chinese directors, some senior director criticized there are too many tv dramas now a day that's about going back in time to meet the handsome prince or emperor and fooling around and shit. That's all... Talk about news integrity.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  78. Leo

    Stupid news, only to fool non-Chinese.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  79. LOW LYF

    WHO CARES I LIVE IN AMERICA

    April 14, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  80. Jeremy

    Why not bad people breathing oxygen? You should also ban them drinking water and walking on the street during the day time.... additionally, people should not drive their cars, call their friends or eat dinner at the table with their family. Furthermore on Fridays, people should study nethanderals and how you can be more like an animal, unless you are working for the government, you should study zoo keepers so that you are able to control our future monkeys... And by this I mean nothing personal to Chinese people, in fact I mean the opposite, it just seems really weird how they keep passing weird rules, try to control countries that aren't really theirs and forcibly make trade deals that are one way only... what is this world coming to?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  81. M.S.

    There must be a way to go back in time to prevent this ridiculous law.

    I wonder if these are actually what they're referring to however, and perhaps more so issues dealing with Buddhism and the Dalai Lama dispute.

    Having visited China last year though, it is quite interesting how much media restriction exists still, but I don't suspect will continue on end, as the people are hungry for change.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  82. Olin

    You guys asking whats next? well probably they will be banning all kinds of movies from outside of ZHINA, ohh wrong spelling is it CHENA, what wrong spelling again... CHINA is so hard to spell... don’t you agree?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  83. smc

    This must be China's way off announcing that they used all the money we are giving them to build a REAL TIME MACHINE.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  84. Dr.WhoWho

    What a twist. China's government bans everything that borders on the surreal, while our government can't seem get a grasp on reality. On one side you have mind control and the other mindless leadership. You decide which is which.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  85. Al

    cultural revolution 2.0?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  86. jon

    I think they don't want people to use their imaginations. It's not the past they are worried about, they don't want them changing anything in the future...

    April 14, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  87. Roberto

    Is forbidden to think...no wonder you can find the forbidden city in China. They want people to do one thing only, to produce for the state and the state official pockets.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  88. Dasha

    This is just sad and stupid.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  89. LS

    Its not a problem for the US Citizens to combine Roman, Greek, Chinese, Persian and newer american history like western cowboys and make a nice story soups line XENA, Hercules and other silly small stories since you dont have anything to give as a heritage.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  90. Emu Hp

    Would just like to point out to Kevin that 'crap garage band' does not mean a crap band that plays in a garage (Wyld Styllyns) . It means a crap garage band. Maybe he should time travel. To this century.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  91. Goret

    Does this include Doctor Who, why doesn't china just ban fun altogether?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  92. spin666

    ROFL. I always know that Ministry of propaganda is quite crazy. Even consider that CCP do cracking down on dissent regularly. They kill quite few good tv-show and movies because their contents. But this time is quite over the TOP! They finnally lost it!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  93. corrector

    12 Monkey's was a time traveler story – just a twisted one. Bruce Willis is one of the masses of people that are left alive after a horrible plague has visited mankind – this plague was released in an airport when he was a child. Later on through the machinations of some "mad" scientists he is pushed back in time and basically causes the event he was trying to prevent. While witnessing it as a child.

    So yes it is a time travel story – next time review your info.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  94. Dave

    Yes, stories about people going back in time and rewriting history are VERY un-chinese. I mean, NO ONE in China has ever tried to rewrite history. Especially not any glorious leaders.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  95. Wilson

    Maybe they've invented the time machine and don't want people to know. This produces enough media flak that people don't focus on the real issue!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  96. 8andSkate

    China is just sad that the Libyans crashed their VW van and died.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  97. Craig

    Ask any young American what they know about history or folk tales or thier own culture for that matter and you will see how distorted things get when the main source of information is popular media ie tv dramas and movies.If you ever read original european folk tales you will see how badly Disney butchered them. That is what the Chinese government is trying to prevent.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  98. bs

    Headline and news clip seems to be a bit misleading. The Chinese guidelines sited in this article don't mention anything about "banning" time travel movies or any other type of movies. They do discourage them, but that's entirely different. It would be like saying the US banned gangster rap in the 90's after Dan Quayle challenged music labels to stop putting out gangster rap music. (http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/147201/dan-quayle-decries-gangsta-rap.jhtml#id=1558651). I don't have a particular love for China, but our news media and the US government is looking for any excuse to get US citizens to build animosity towards China.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  99. Becky Green

    Here is whats going on. You see the first person that was going to invent a time machine was from China and he was inspired by these movies, he made the machine and to make a long story short a bunch of things went wrong so he came back here and set it up so these movies would never be shown to him as a child and he went on a different career path his job interview will be airing on the tips and info network in the future
    http://www.youtube.com/tipsandinfo

    April 14, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  100. Dodge

    China......even your government can't change the dreams, wants and desires of an individual. Without them, people will perish. Brainswash all you think you can, but the brain, will power and spirit is still mightier than the sword.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  101. GBush

    The Chinese government is afraid that Mao may travel through time to reclaim his Chairman seat? Ridiculous!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  102. bosshog

    China has made a secret breakthrough in time travel... They are trying to take the attention away from it...shhh, it's a secret.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  103. Eitan

    i guess they will ban the Titanic movie, because they wouldn't want the chinese people to see that the boat was "made in china"... LOL

    April 14, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  104. Huh?

    "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

    ...and yet the Chinese believe in using dried placenta to improve female fertility, tiger gonads to use as Viagra for men, snake oil to relieve arthritis? Shall I go on? Talk about absurd techniques. They will put certain animals to extinction just so they can harvest parts that they believe will improve their health.

    This just shows you that China will never have the ability to dream big, think outside the box and invent something that will greatly impact the world. They will always be copy cats...let other countries dream and make "fantasy" come to fruition so they can come behind and make copies of it.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  105. Stephen Hawking knows more than you

    In Communist China, Time Travel watches YOU!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  106. Ally

    I think this is an excellent idea! Why do think so many Chinese can surpass any competition? A Chinese child can buy an American adult, sell them ... and get back change! The constant garbage on television only make us more prone to mimicing them. These days parents let the tv do the talking, while they do they walking. They allow the cast of "Jersey Shore" and the like to raise their child. Hence, the low literacy levels, drugs, sex and violence in America. We are the laughing stock of the world. Yet, we think we're so great. Wake up people! Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from them.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  107. Schnoodledad

    Not to worry! Next week when I have more time I'll go bact to last week and slap some sense into these senseless morons.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  108. Stephen OBrien

    Our future if the Christian conservative whack jobs have their way! Already started last summer when they rewrote HISTORY books to reflect a more christian swing.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  109. blizzak

    china is too busy making my t-shirts and shoes. Why do they need television anyways?

    April 14, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  110. The truth!

    The real reason for this ban is because Hu Jintao (the elected chinese president) had an uncomfortable experience with a fortune cookie last march. The fortune stated "I'll be back" (The chinese take their fortunes VERY seriously) His advisors concluded that this message originated from a time traveling robot better known as "THE TERMINATOR". Hu Jintao became paranoid and ordered the eradication of everything associated with time travel.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  111. fa_and_kc

    The government prefers a poplulation of drones over a population of free thinkers.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  112. Ben

    Eric
    If you Americans doubt that, you should really watch those ridiculous TV series.The content misguide people who don't know the right history.What would you feel if we shoot a soap opera saying Abraham Lincoln is an alien?If you wanna judge this ,first thing you should do is actually watching it, not judging us only by your own imagination! ==================================================================== What kind of insane person watches soap operas to learn history? It is just crazy to think that people can't tell the difference between fiction and documentary. Absolutely crazy.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  113. John Smith

    When you write something ,get your story straight.Its not Marty who witnesses his own death,he flees the past to prevent his death and watches Doc Brown die by terrorists.So Marty flees to prevent dying.Oh and Doc brown is a scientist.
    Future prediction: China is going to have alot of TVs and NOTHING to watch on them soon

    April 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  114. Bob_Melbourne_Florida

    Hey China.... have you been paying attention to what's happening in Libya and the Middle East? Your days are numbered. Just imagine a BILLION people kicking your communist backsides out and embracing democracy. Might be a good idea if you started sleeping with one eye open...your time to go is closer than you think.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  115. Daryl

    Where do these fools think myth and superstition arose from, hollywood? HA HA HA HA HA AH HA HA HA. . . . uhh .. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    There's no such thing as a useless human being. They can always serve as a bad example.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  116. Scott

    "Doc, what are you talking about? All the best stuff is made in Japan..."

    April 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  117. Gigel

    Can't wait for China to become a superpower economically and militarily... I see a "bright future" ahead...

    April 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  118. Marty Mcfly

    This Is Heavy!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  119. Reg

    Depriving themselves of some of the best TV shows and movies, is what China is doing. This will no doubt lead to more people wanting to escape from China.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  120. hobbitofny

    Interesting. So the old Soviet Union's film "Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Profession" can no longer be shown because of the time travel. Sad...

    April 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  121. Musicmanimal

    I think they're afraid that someone will travel back far enough to confront the people that are making these rules and do something about them!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  122. Hmmm

    So much for freedom of speech and expression. I guess they will be turning over the anime and horror industries. Aw well, they can always continue to make them in our country instead. Maybe this is there way of saying that the nuclear disaster has taking away the future of the Chinese by killing them slowly through nuclear waste, or some of them will be coming back as zombies anyway. No need to publish that in a movie.

    Isn't that where the last Resident Evil was filmed?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  123. AlexM

    It's hard to believe. Will they ban "UNDO" button in all software too? Because this certainly "goes against Chinese heritage"..

    April 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  124. John Marshall

    Anything that is a detriment to the Chinese goverment I'm for and their censorship keeps their population majorly ignorant and backward. The free world dosent want an educated informed Chinese population if they keep their present goverment.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  125. Douglas van Norden

    Hmmm... Crouching Tiger, Censored Dragon. Why, that's not going to work well at all.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  126. NODAT1

    Yawn!!!! who cares

    April 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  127. Anthony Koivc

    Though the Chinese are generally smart, honest and hardworking, they have been condemned throughout their 3000 year history by poor governance and bad politics. The banning of common entertainement themes is yet another example of ridiculous and arbitrary policies. There is a reason why the GDP in polluted China is only 1/10th that of democaratic Western countries.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  128. Amy

    Oh my god, time travel is real and the Chinese government doesn't want anyone suspecting! They want to keep the technology for themselves! It all makes sense, now!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  129. Josh

    Star Trek?

    There was only a small hand full out of the 700+ episodes and movies which had a story line that dealt with time travel.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  130. Mr X

    The Chinese are very superstitious indeed. Recently there was a Chinese woman who was going to use the cube across from mine for a few hours. Wanting to mess with her I told her that the last person who sat there was fired (which was true). She could not get out of my area quick enough. Wally of Dilbert fame would have been proud.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  131. Samsung says...

    NOOOOOO!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  132. A CNN Reader

    They're just afraid someone might take time travel conception seriously and build a time machine and go back and change the future and turn it into a democratic country OR they have ALREADY invented time travel and have seen the results and dont want anyone to know that THEY have already changed the future...!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  133. UN Secretary General

    Time to send in Chuck Norris to fix them up.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  134. pray

    This is the extreme side of the same kind of left wing control they have been trying to establish in this country. Manipulatoin is just that and unjust

    April 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  135. Noel

    I will attach was Ben wrote, so Ben...when you surrendered your imagination, please tell me you also chose never to have children....you sir, are a what China dreams of...wait, no no, they are not allowed to dream, yes, i forgot....dooshhhh

    Ben

    Eric
    If you Americans doubt that, you should really watch those ridiculous TV series.The content misguide people who don't know the right history.What would you feel if we shoot a soap opera saying Abraham Lincoln is an alien?If you wanna judge this ,first thing you should do is actually watching it, not judging us only by your own imagination! ==================================================================== What kind of insane person watches soap operas to learn history? It is just crazy to think that people can't tell the difference between fiction and documentary. Absolutely crazy.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  136. Mike

    Banning "a lack of positive thinking". A sure sign of how evil the totalitarian regime in China has become. Soviet Russia did this as well. Symphonies in a minor key were banned. One must be happy, happy happy! Love the Party and its exalted leaders! Or be executed. How long must we continue to pretend that China is a civilized nation?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  137. pecanlog

    You can't stop the revolution China...they're afraid these kinds of movies might inspire change and hope but ultimately banning things others are free to enjoy has the same effect.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  138. In America

    Good! Since I don't plan on going to China, I won't need to be entertained. I don't care if the Chinese are entertained or not. Let's pull the Karate Kid while we're at it.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  139. D'oh

    Perhaps they figured out that 1.21 Gigawatts power was what was needed to power a flux capacitor and when they ended up in the future, they learned that hover boards really exists and it freaked them out? :)

    April 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  140. citizenUSA

    Wouldn't they want to time travel to the point where they rule the earth?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  141. s surrel

    I am sure glad that we do all of our business with this oppressive monster and don't seem to mind at all. Of course they own us lock stock and barrel. Get ready for when they decide for us to get in line. But in the meantime, just keep buying all that crap made by slave labor and don't give it another thought.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  142. Cliff Vegas

    Imagine there's no CHINA
    It's easy if you dare
    No more cheap slave labor
    No overnight millionaires
    Imagine all her people
    Living life in peace

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope THE PARTY falls into the ocean
    Let us all live in peace

    April 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  143. Meh

    Right...because fantasy about time travel is the issue in an over-crowded, way-too over-populated country. Isnt the main source of incone here from selling imaginary money in MMO's that usually arent based in the present time anyway?
    That being said, Id love a little china girl of my own for a few hours, thanks

    April 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  144. Caveman

    The day you oppress imagination, is the day you oppress growth and maturity of a culture. The Chinese are completely different than us. Let them keep their ways over there and don't bring them over here. That's why we have borders, and freedom, and liberties to do benign things like, make space and time travel movies. As far as I'm concerned... CHINA CAN GO – TO HELL with their oppressive culture. I'll judge a Chinaman on a one-on-one basis as I do everyone else, but I'll never adhere to their culture, and you can take that to the bank.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  145. Merlino

    At least censors have good taste: ALL OF THOSE MOVIES SUCK MORE THAN ANYTHING THAT HAS EVER SUCKED.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  146. Jacques de Nostrechat

    Just one question: "Are they going to ban also ALL the kungfu movies, since anyone who actually pratice martial arts know that thoses shaolin things are just exagerated legends? (35 years of wushu myself: never cut a tree in half and i still cant fly) Got it?

    April 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  147. shaidz

    VERY FUNNY!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  148. T-190

    "I'll Be Back"

    April 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  149. Mike

    The next thing you know they wil begin governing the size of happy meals. Always looking out for us!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  150. Jacquelyne

    This ....coming from a nation that fakes things all the time???

    April 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  151. Spock

    Sad to see China restricting even further, but I can't help but shake my head at us as Americans when I read stories like this. China makes just about everything that the average American owns in their house... they own vast amounts of our debt. They make the cheap products that line the shelves on ChinaMa.... I mean WalMart. Here is a country whose people don't have the freedom of expression or speech, and now can't watch Trek or SciFi because it features time travel. As long as China remains America's biggest trading partner, America is selling out on its ideals of liberty and freedom to save a buck.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  152. IceT

    In an effort to dumb this commentary down, I ask ... How do you pronounce the artists name " Ai Weiwei " ? Just askin'.
    Yes, it's like the 3rd grade all over again.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  153. BlisterBite

    So they ban futuristic type movies, yet continue to create for their own children as well as export toys made with lead based paints. Helllooooo mcfly O.o I see no rationalism to this. You can ban "Back to the future" which is obviously "not" reality but lets continue to harm the "future of the children" with lead. Geez.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  154. Soda Bob Curtis

    The Chinese gov't just wants a monopoly on changing China's history, apparently.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  155. BlisterBite

    Oh also to mention, they want to ban the "fantasy of the future type movies" But they created such fantasy silly-ness such as Pokemon. Go figure!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  156. you idiots

    Well I guess no more year of the dragon, or rat, or stupid stuff like that either.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  157. Soda Bob Curtis

    "If you Americans doubt that, you should really watch those ridiculous TV series.The content misguide people who don't know the right history.What would you feel if we shoot a soap opera saying Abraham Lincoln is an alien?"

    We American's love that kind of stuff. A popular American book pits Honest Abe against zombies. We put on our big boy pants and can actually deal with a bit of irreverent looks at even our historical heroes. It's part of our national psyche, to make fun of ourselves, our past, and our heroes. It's not a rewrite of history, it's just fun and silly. And if any Americans don't know the real history, we have the freedom to look it up, write about it, etc... without government Big Brother watching over our backs and dictating the content.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  158. ChinaFTW

    I'm glad China is take steps to cut the crap off television, not wanting their countrymen to end up like fat Americans.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  159. JM

    OMG! Am I actually seeing this! IRON FIST!! The monster is out! RAWR!!! HAHAHA. I can't wait til they start telling people how to eat and what to read. Wait, they already do, right? This is such entertainment. I feel so bad for the Chinese people... can't speak, can't take pride in what their IRON FIST government has created.

    Maybe China government is worried that the people will invent a time traveling machine and go back change the governments past. Maybe then they wouldn't be mindless drones working in sweat shops for a penny to the dollar to the rest of the world. This might be too harsh but it is frank.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  160. Kenitay

    For me, the Chinese 'GOVERNMENT' is reaching an ALL TIME LOW.
    I really feel for the poor Chinese 'population', having this burden on their shoulders...

    From The Netherlands

    April 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  161. mom

    well then i guess china should fire all there writers how can they ban time travel when they seem to be locked in time, add there mysterious fictional cartoon who have big heads and like to have sex. china stays back in time, but heads for the future with cartoon sex with add virtual reality? you can't be kidding! what the heck china get your head of of your butt! You can't watch a fictional person move in time, but they can keep there heritage back in time while they them self physicaly move with the world into the future and allow virtual reality and so forth,,, that makes no sense at all.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  162. Johnny 5

    This means no religious t.v. stations or faith based movies in China. I bet China wishes they had a time machine to go back and prevent being a debt holder of 10 trillion dollars from the U.S.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  163. Anonymous

    Wow! This is ridiculous!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  164. EMERSE

    Just bleep out the words time and travel. If you watched back to the future with no sound you would have no clue what it is about. And why are American movies so popular over there anayway?

    April 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  165. Jason Means

    Great Scott! No more Back to the Future for China? Well, at least there's still a few episodes of The Joy of Painting still floating around on PBS. Maybe painting a happy little tree will make the Chinese feel a little less depressed about living in such a messed up country. In the immortal words of Bob Ross: "We don't have mistakes here, we just have happy accidents."

    April 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  166. blackflagnation

    odd...the Chinese are among the most superstitious people in the world (observance of Feng Shui, Chinese Zodiac, Chinese calendar, etc). It's probably due to the fact that China is unable to produce sci-fi movies at the level of Hollywood to compete, so they'll just ban it and subject their people to suffer through more historically-inaccurate dramas about the glories of Mao and the communist revolution.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  167. Moxie Man

    Great! Does that mean I won't be subjected to a sequel to "Kung Fu Hussle"?

    April 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  168. Dadu

    Wow, where would my life be if I had missed Bill and Ted, or Back to the Future, or the Governator. God forbid we have to keep these tales locked up. Congratulations, China, for promoting a sense of reality and responsibility for your actions in real time.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  169. AGStrange

    I think we should go to the Chinese embassy in DC and hurl Chinese take-out at the building. Then get into the time machine, go back an hour, and do it all again ... and again ... and again ...

    April 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  170. TackDriver56

    The machines have taken over. They don't even MENTION Terminator, for fear the humans will learn the truth, and organize resistance to Skynet and it's industrial automation infrastructure.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  171. Jack

    The ban on fatalism and "ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking" would pretty much put the kabosh on most French films, too.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  172. AGStrange

    "New guidelines issued on March 31 discourage plot lines that contain elements of '...a lack of positive thinking.'"

    So it's positive thinking when you mow down your own people with tanks?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  173. Robert Sands

    Talk about time travel. They're going back to the days of Chairman Mao.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  174. Jean-Luc

    I didn't read the "for television" part of the story..I was hoping they weren't that much more advanced.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  175. David Rasselroff

    Maybe they just banned Back to the Future III...because it sucked.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  176. TJ

    Is the Chinese government finally cracking? They have been getting more desperate in their actions ( which seem more fearful) to try and control their population. If they go into a financial depression and social upheaval I'm gonna laugh my a$$ off.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  177. BombardierBob

    What is wrong with watching 24/7 of the photo of their fearless leader to the tune of their national anthem on every channel.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  178. Frangible

    "I came from across town for you, Sarah"

    -Kyle Reese in the Chinese edition of "The Terminator."

    April 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  179. Ivan Bial

    Abel to leap tall buildings…..

    April 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  180. lobsterhead

    Beam me up Scotty, quickly

    April 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  181. jon

    Does this mean Chinese made films won't have battle scenes where they fly through the air?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  182. Dennis

    China will have to continue to steal innovations while they squelch imagination.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  183. Hi Hao Chris

    It's just a long way of saying they will ban most foreign films to prevent outside influences from reaching it's citizens and making them realize that although China is profitable as a whole, at a granular level the country still sucks.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  184. Lakerelia

    History doesn't change. I think China wants to hold its censorship till the end of western media domination. If CNN, FOX, MSNBC and etc. are all you watch, I strong recommend RT, just for a more balanced point of views.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  185. Bridge Crew of the Enterprise

    I guess banning dreams are next. People of China need to concentrate on a strong China of today. Because thinking of a strong China of the future is essentially time travel. In addition, Michio Kaku and Steven Hawking better start worrying about Chinese hit squads sent to stifle their koo-koo talk. Give this time.......isolating yourself from reality and those people (or coutries) around your border results in a stronger desire to see what's out there. Then again the millions of Chinese people being exploited by their government is a crime. Oh yea, banning Star Trek too??? This is war!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  186. Mike

    I guess H.G. Wells and Jules Verne must be banned and what about sci-fi and super hero comics? Oh what a shame. Seriously though, any government that bans any form of freedom of expression in the arts is admitting they have a serious problem with it own methods and beliefs. I would include US school boards in this when they try to ban Harry Potter on the grounds it is un Christian or science for the same reason!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  187. Choking Hazard

    Doesn't China realize that Sci-Fi has lead to some of the greatest technology gadgets that we use today? Star-Trek brought us the cell phone.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  188. G.

    Didn't Disney just announce a huge new theme park in China? Guess they didn't get the memo.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  189. Logic

    Maybe they will ban them from the fantasy MMO's too and shut down all the gold selling sites...probably not...

    April 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  190. Dead Man Blogging

    No Doctor Who? Then how about Doctor Hu? A man mysteriously rises to the Chairmanship of the Communist Party without time travel or reincarnation.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  191. Nick

    Many of you point of fantasy Kung-Fu films and such and wonder, how could China do this? Remember; this is COMMUNIST China. Kung-Fu, freedom, the guy who designed their own Olympic Stadium, Nobel prize winners-they put their own in JAIL or worse! 1989 anyone? Communism is NOT just another, relativistic, you're okay/I'm okay form of gorvenment; it's pure evil. Many of these Kung-Fu films you enjoy-came from 1970s Hong Kong--a proto-state of the U.K. !

    Kung-Fu has always been a threat to the Chi-Coms. Like Jazz was to the USSR.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  192. Bruce Willis

    12 Monkeys is set in Philadelphia, not Baltimore. Its fairly obvious if you have ever seen the film.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  193. Colin

    Just as effective as banning books, as Boston did in the 1950's-60's.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  194. MBWESQ

    Was Godzilla from Tokyo or Hong Kong? I do not remember.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  195. alex

    Only the Chinese government may rewrite history, didn't you know that?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  196. Dead Man Blogging

    Does this mean that Chna will no longer allow their manufacturers to make bootleg copies of time travel movies for illegal sale in the US?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  197. OldGoat

    Clearly the thought police run amuck.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  198. Quincey9

    In other news... Chinese citizens will be sent state approved devices, which resemble melon-ballers, along with a state approved zip lock bag for each member of the family. Citizens are to use the device to scoop out any portions of their brains that may (or may not) contain any hints of creativity, artistic ability, doubt, individuality, compassion or emotion. The offending segments are to be placed in the bags and turn them in at the state approved incinerator. Wait!! This just in!! The state has revised this order. Citizens should turn in anything above the brain stem.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  199. Fallout

    Just ban Spielberg movies and you've gotten rid of 90% of silly, impossible krap. He's done more damage to people's comprehension of real physics than anyone on Earth. I know many like him, but I think many of his movies are brain-damagingly stupid.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  200. BioHzrd

    Well that just means there will be nothing but lame television coming from China. The next travel brochure should say "China... we limit your imagination too"

    April 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  201. Bing Bong

    Marty McFry is devil! It causes youth to think they can have hope, bad idear! Bing ba da ding ding ding ding

    April 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  202. Panda Express

    I feel sorry for Chinese artists, entrepreneurs and other creative people in China. Without imagination and dreaming many creative things will be lost. Life will be boring.

    Realistically though, in the end the people will get what they want. There's a reason such a huge black market exists in China for creative things from other countries. The Chinese people devour our software, video games, Hollywood movies and clothing. They just want to be free like everyone else.

    China: Oppression of the human spirit is not the answer.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  203. Reg

    Acually,scientists at the International Hadron collider (Geneva) are close to proving that time travel is a reality, albeit only at subatomic level, and only in signalling (messaging) capacity. Clearly that would mean data in the astrological sense is possible, although the data would not be actionable, or able to change fixed events.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  204. Fallout

    Just ban Spielberg movies and you've gotten rid of 90% of silly, impossible BS. He's done more damage to people's comprehension of real physics than anyone on Earth. I know many like him, but I think many of his movies are brain-damagingly stupid.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  205. kdawg

    China is a joke. The whole world is laughing at them.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  206. SteveNYC

    Robots???

    April 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  207. ed flannigan

    Great Caesar's Ghost!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  208. Fallout

    The best work Spielberg has done is to make Lea Thompson's boobs look so big in Back to the Future. Other than that, his work is garbage.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  209. EricLr

    There's an upside. This bodes very well for my pilot "Man Sitting on Chair Praising Benevolent Leaders"

    April 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  210. James

    How ridiculous. Obviously the Chinese govt. thinks their people are incapable of understanding the difference between fact and fiction. Hey their loss. Say goodbye to a generation of dreamers. So much technology has been dreamed up in Sci-fi land before it was ever developed in real life. Maybe this will stunt Chinas technological growth enough for us to stay on top.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  211. carlprotein

    >> **个别**申报备案的神怪剧和穿越剧,随意编纂神话故事,情节怪异离奇,手法荒诞,甚至渲染封建迷信、宿命论和轮回转世,价值取向含混,缺乏积极的思想意义
    I do agree the Chinese government is stupid with all their medai censorship. However, if you can read Chinese and do NOT take the above paragraph out of the context, it does NOT hint of banning time travel TV/Movie.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  212. fortune cookie

    "Max

    China will probably ban dreaming during sleep next."

    that's a good one!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  213. Billy G

    Yeah, nice description of 12 Monkeys there. That's absolutely and completely accurate.

    "I'm in Insurance"

    April 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  214. Juan Lopez

    Has anybody considered that perhaps it is simply not true? perhaps the CNN correspondent got it wrong, exaggerated or read the wrong thing? I am not defending the law or China, but a little more skepticism of what a correspondent writes would be healthy.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  215. Remy

    Oh no.... china will miss out on the total epic-ness of Bill S Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  216. hawkechik

    Just when you thought it couldn't get any sillier.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  217. Harvey

    I must be missing something here ... this makes absolutely no sense. Sounds like the workings of some brass hat bureaucrat with too much time on his hands.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  218. Ojha Tika

    This is Dis Grace for Human Race.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  219. Berry Scare

    Does anyone know why Americans don't insist that American companies that sell things Americans buy produce their products in America? I'm not being wise – I really want to know what the holdup is. I have to go totally out of my way to buy American – when its even possible.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  220. jefff

    The Chinese Communist Party(CCP) is based upon control, no matter how brutal, it is all about control. That is the reason for the attempted genocide towards the innocent Falun Gong. I read an article not long ago that the cruel CCP was demanding that if anyone in Tibet wanted to reincarnate, they would have to obtain a license. This is how insane the CCP has become. To learn more facts about the brutal CCP, one may go on line and read The Nine Commentaries. Thank you for your consideration.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  221. America

    Another reason to not trust those Commie Reds.

    Seriously who doesn't like Michael J Fox? An enemy of Michael J Fox in back to the future is an enemy to humanity. 1.21 Giga-watts...

    April 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  222. The bottom line is

    The point of this directive is to discourage any ethical expression outside of the Communist/Hun tradition. Genres like fantasy/sci-fi and plot devices like time travel are able to communicate moral lessons through a metaphor. This makes direct censorship harder. It's obvious.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  223. Mr. Honest

    Dreaming – bad.
    Lead in toys and melamine in pet food good. All sarcasm aside, the Chinese gov't wants mindless drones without imagination. Beings that can't imagine living free is good for them. Dimwits.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  224. RobynH

    You say movies shouldn't have unusual plots.
    I say repressive governments shouldn't murder their citizens.
    Tomato – Tomatoe

    April 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  225. James

    And here I thought America had become too PC. That's taking it to a whole new level, China. The one good thing we can count on from the news is seeing that there are governments far worse that our own. At least until 2012, when we will Trump everyone!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  226. ladrikius

    the beatings will continue until morale improves

    April 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  227. Noble9

    In 213 B.C.E., the first emperor of China burned the books of all competing schools of philosophy, history, and poetry. He banned the discussion of them upon pain of death for the offender and his entire family. Then he rewrote the history books himself.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  228. willy

    "The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that time travel is impossible. ..."

    April 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  229. tj

    This just goes to show there are complete idiots in charge of too much power in China. The Chinese government seeks to regulate creativity and imagination. And the Chinese need to realize this is madness. It could not be more incorrect.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  230. JD of StL

    Folks like "Ben" and "Eric" seem to think exactly the same way. Perhaps if you are affilitated with the chinese government machine you should use more imagination when you try to infiltrate a social internet board and support the crazy policies of an oppresive insane government. Personally I would love to see a show or movie that makes President Lincoln into a time traveling adventurer and he could travel forward into time and assasinate Mao and save China from the lies that rule the noble Chinese people today. "Ben" and "Eric" illustrate what is wrong with China today so very well. Thank you for your "ancient wisdom". Bwahahahahahahahaa! (gasp, snort!)

    April 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  231. Trevor

    This is sad, stupid, lame, useless, .....

    A sure sign of a government afraid of its people, the outside world, and anything that will give their people a bit of a chance to dream, imagine, and possibly think for themselves. I expect this type of weirdness from North Korea, but not China.. Guess the two governments are not so different after all.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  232. RT

    At least the Chinese Communist Party can take heart in The Highlander's credo: "There can be only one;" party that is....

    April 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  233. Mango

    coming from a country with the weirdest game shows...I find this very creditable.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  234. Marty

    Dang, now I'm going to have to find another manufacturing source for my flux capacitors.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  235. omegarising

    Pay attention people. This is quickly coming to the good old USS of A.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  236. James

    Sorry, China, I'm afraid we're going to have to invade you now to spread the freedom to watch those horribly flawed and illegally burned copies you made of the Stargate series.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  237. Matt

    Any country that doesn't allow Dr. Who in it is no place I can ever visit.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  238. thezapper

    you going to include just about every kung fu movie .. where they fly thru the air , dodge arrows and can sense a knife coming at them and they dodge it and grab the knife throwing it back at the attacker ???

    china television BBBBBOOORRRRING

    April 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  239. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    Not that much different from the Hays office in the US – Hell – in the US the uncovered female nipple (though not the useless male nipple) are verboten to this day.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  240. DC

    How Orwellian.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  241. Singapore

    @CHINA – I believe many people think your country makes some ridiculous calls. Don't always point everything at Americans.
    Maybe you should have banned this type of thing a long time ago – what took you so long?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  242. Jason

    As a Chinese, I must say, THIS IS STUPID. Oh well, those idiots only pull one of these stunts once every 2 years and they'll eventually lift the ban.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  243. IChinese

    How about ban china from being chinese?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  244. SoulCatcher

    We live for the one, we die for the one!

    There is a hole in your mind!

    Damn, I was looking forward to the chineese version of Babylon 5.

    G'Kar: It is said that the future is always born in pain. The history of war is the history of pain. If we are wise what is born of that pain matures into the promise of a better world. Because we learn that we can no longer afford the mistakes of the past.

    Kosh: The truth points to itself.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  245. Singapore

    In addition, I believe that you don't fully understand other people cultures either. That must make you stupid as well...
    ahha ahhha ahha ahhha aha

    April 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  246. nyc

    We as Americans say how stupid this is yet we are making China rich by buying their junk and supporting a country that has no human rights and remember Communist !!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  247. Josh

    as stupid it is on the chinese government's part, all those movies listed suck utter sh*t. not like id be losing anything if i went to china. i dont watch sh*tty movies like those anyway.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  248. Joey

    Please, don't jump to the conclusion so fast. Everything has two sides. I think you have no idea what's happening in Chinese TV drama market now. Too many stupid TV dramas which contains a label of "travel back" and love stories are flooding into the market. They are quite similar to each other. For example, their leading lady or leading man always travels back to certain dynasty of old China; they were always loved by the king of such dynasty and many other nobilities which are of course a rewrite of history.
    I know that the artistic creation should not be blamed. I have read many "time travel" stories of western world, for example the time traveler's wife. They are good! Bur if you can see the Chinese "travel back" dramas, you will know, they are totally different. They are not art! The stories are vulgar.The author just copy the plot lines from one to another just to satisfy the market.
    These kind of dramas mostly aim to teenagers, even younger! The stupid plot lines are welcomed by them. Therefore, the merchants seize the opportunity and create more and more such kind of dramas.
    As a grown up, I am worried about the young generation of China. So do my friends. And so do millions of net citizens of China. We discussed this problem a lot. We hate those dramas which have no nutrition and instill wrong ideas to audiences. It's horrible when the audiences do not have enough ability to tell wrong or right.
    When I saw this news, I'm happy. But I didn't see the corresponding Chinese news. I hope it's true because it's time for the Chinese drama market to be saved!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  249. primepeng

    China people are so backward and traditional. life will be so boring with chinese rule. that's definite. worse yet they are not expressive alien race. The more things they ban, I would laugh and look down on them. They are behaving like villagers extreme traditional backward mindset.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  250. Sk

    “12 monkeys”

    Bruce Willis doesn't travel back to Baltimore from a Terry Gilliam post-apocalyptic future – he is just a loony.

    Baltimore!? It was Philadelphia, but I guess I can see how a detail like this was missed as the movie only came out like 16 years ago.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  251. Meza

    I just skipped through a couple of the messages. People! positive thinking does not mean, thinking happy thoughts, for the sake of spaghetti just google it or something...

    April 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  252. Pedro

    We ban naughty words on TV, yet you can show someone blow a kid's head off if you want. If the Chinese are ridiculous, what does that make us?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  253. HAWAIIANBOB

    AND WHAT ABOUT THESE MOVIES WHERE THEY ARE FIGHTING WITH SWORDS AND ONE WARRIOR HAS TWO SWORDS IN THEM AND STILL FIGHTING?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  254. Singapore

    @PAUL 6:52AM Comment – If terrorists are willing to blow up an entire plane full of men, women and children you really think they wouldn't try to bring a bomb onboard with a child?

    You keep calling it harrassment until it actually happens – then you'd agree to have everyone searched even babies wrapped in blankets.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  255. EmptySkull

    No worry, me have time travel dvd for a dallar, buy 1 get 1 fee

    April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  256. MS

    The Chinese government should learn not to f&ck with trekkies.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  257. Redford

    Any historical plot is essentially time travel. I'm guessing if you say something about China's past the censors don't like- ie. Mao was the biggest mass murderer in history, or Buddhism is tthe way to enlightenment- you're off to the widget factory. They're sitting on a volcano. After repression comes eruption.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  258. MG

    HAHHAHAHAHA!! LMFAO!!!!
    China just gets crazier and crazier by the day!!!!
    Only the North Koreans can beat them for sheer lunacy!

    5000 years of civilization....and THIS is all they have to show for it!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  259. primepeng

    One day every country will combine strength and go against China. They don't know things that I know because they are screened from the truth. Don't you agree, China?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  260. Coriolana

    What a bunch of jackholes!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  261. Feloneius

    LMAO,They think the Movies were based on real things,What are they smoking over there, i want some..!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  262. Darby H.

    Back to the Future 2 is such an awesome move. Poor China is missing out. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  263. MA

    Maybe, Maybe, Somebody traveled back to current time from future and put this rule in place.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  264. HugoCorv

    Lol maybe they're afraid that it's possible to go back in time and stop the communist revolution:)

    April 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  265. Biff

    China are buttheads!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  266. kishore

    I thought the whole Dragon thing is a blatant myth, an unmitigated lie.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  267. SafetyNotGuaranteed

    WARNING: Safety Not Guaranteed. They've only done this once before. Bring your own weapons.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  268. Liz

    Well..there won't be any interesting break out films from China anymore. They pretty much nullified even a large chunk of Jackie Chan movies and they used him for the Olympics. The asian film industry has always had outrageous fantastical (and rather hilarious) fantasy style or mythical style films...this kinda like spells the doom.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  269. M Pret

    Hey "CHINA", I'm one of those stupid americans and need some cheap T-shirts for my daughter. So go back to the sewing machine and don't think about the $10 paycheck this Friday, it is too far in the future for you, might give you high hopes

    April 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  270. BIFF

    China, why don't you make like a tree...and get outta here.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  271. Sun Stevens

    They've outlawed time-travelers in China?

    Dear God (or Buddha)...can the Zombies be far behind?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  272. YolieGirl

    #KEEPINGITREAL!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  273. route19er

    no more fortune cookies then or creatures of the chineese zodiac...what about the chineese dragons etc.. wake up people

    April 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  274. cherifleury

    Guess they'll start burning books next. Or have they already done that?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  275. Katie

    We're talking about China here.. What do you expect from a country like China.. And that's the nicest thing I can possibly say....

    April 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  276. Keeto

    Opium is still being smoked among the leadership? Seems so. Poor regular people.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  277. Keeto

    Here come the dream police.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  278. Josh

    The statement doesn't BAN time travel at all. It just says that there were those type of shows being released and they hope that trend stops. The statement is literally a report on what original programming was shown in the past year and apparently that they encourage historical shows discussing the revolution in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. To say that it BANS time travel shows is completely false. I know this is a blog, but COME ON MAN, at least read the statement before your write on it. I can't believe CNN put the blog so high up on the website.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  279. Ezra

    So I guess it's just endless re-runs of Dragnet for Chinese TV – "just the facts, mam"

    April 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  280. Brian Smith

    Hot Tub Time Machine does not follow the Party line. I knew it was evil. Cheers!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  281. K

    OMG The poor people will never get to see Doctor Who.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  282. CHARLEY60

    This is what happens when a group of the super rich, or there wanna-be make slaves of a populance, Thinking,dreaming,hopeing,protesting are the enemy of the Government. So are the disabled and aged and anyone who can no longer provide the labor to feed there greed. They become a unjust drag on the new society by needing medicare, social security, and medicaid to even stay alive. So they can be eliminated by stopping those programs. Poor is the norm, as they can be controlled by food and fear. China today -America of the future!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  283. USA

    I hope China soon falls and gose through a hard economic time like we the united states did. China always thinks there the bomb. China You are not the bomb bc you ban Time travler and movies alike ok. Your country smells of Catfish. Please remember the United States is always one step ahead and China will ROTT TO CATFISH PIECES

    April 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  284. Hung Long

    They're actually taking a step backwards, stopping progress, going back to the way it use to be. Isn't this like trying to stop time or go back in time?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  285. dave

    I can see it now. Underground movie theaters. People with popcorn butter on their fingers will be given a lifetime of prison labor.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  286. Kitchener On

    No Doctor Who??!!
    Are Chinese people not permitted to have imagination?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  287. Joe

    The Chinese people are very smart. When are they going to rise up once and for all, overthrow their government and hang them all from the tallest buildings where they belong?? The time has come.. Weapons can only go so far when coming up against the masses!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  288. BrianL

    Funny, the Chinese want to ban (or "discourage") fantasy, and yet over in the US, Republican right wingnuts live in fantasy day in and day out. LOL

    April 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  289. ABCDE

    CLARIFICATION:

    I am furious at this article. Please get the facts correct and do not misrepresent. The worse thing a reporter can do is to mislead readers.

    Chinese government definitely has its problems. I'm not defending the government...I'm simply pointing out the facts:

    1) One of the most popular Chinese television drama this year was about time travel (and it's not banned, it's heavily promoted). It's about a modern girl traveling back to Ancient China (it's a romantic story).

    2) Many of the popular Chinese TV dramas are about mythical stories and fantasies.

    Please, try to use your judgement when reading the article (it's the 21st century, please keep an open (not biased) mind). China has its issues, but who doesn't.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  290. markjuliansmith

    Yes imagination is a very dangerous thing in a dictatorship such as China INC.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  291. Terlingua

    be careful.. the chinese will steal the technology for the flux capacitor and mass produce it with slave labor then sell it back to the US

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  292. Joel

    I'm sorry but this is just retarded even for china, its supposed to be fantasy! if they do this they might as well take away every form of entertainment they have. you dang chi coms!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  293. Hung Long

    Does this mean no more Funny Extreme Chinese Obstacle Courses either? Ahhh Mannn! I love those silly chinese.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  294. Mathesar

    WHAT! The Galaxy Quest transmissions are not historical documents?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  295. eldono

    China the country has always been ruled by dictators going back 4000 years. It must mean the Chinese people accept this for some reason. The USA needs to break free from China economically. I guess corporations don't see how having China manufacture goods truly hurts us. So, CHINA is right. There is no hope. A billion plus people who are afraid to stand up for their rights. What fear.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  296. Chut Pata

    They sound like Christian crusaders who destroyed entire civilizations and massacred entire races, in the name of eliminating falsehood and spreading the truth. Then they installed their own falsehoods and superstitions.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  297. dutspup

    China is funny, treat their population like an army, do as I say not as I do. I think the only people that care here are Hollywood. Do you care what they can watch or cant watch, I dont. Maybe it will curb Piracy? NOT?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  298. Greg

    The ironic thing is that Chinese Opera story lines usually have plots with fantasy, Mylthical creatures like snake gods, and all kinds of oddities. I wonder if they will ban their own national operas.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  299. QWER

    Plots that are wierd and discourage positive thinking? This is a wierd plot in real life that discourages positive thinking.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  300. twizzle

    who cares????........Someday, someone is really going to time travel to the past and not let this happen.........lol........all this not being available in the Chinese movies will be a wack........trust me

    April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  301. insane

    This reminded me of the mother who tried to ban Harry Potter from her children's school.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  302. Jack

    As an American who loves his country (and weeps over its decline daily) it seems to me that the average American (not all) can't understand the Chinese thinking because the American mind is so decrept these days. It's true that the communist Chinese government is totalitarian and oppressive, but America has become extremely morally corrupt. Both have their faults.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  303. Lenny

    Who is the girl in the picture and is she available?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  304. future to the back

    Flux Capacitor sales plummet.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  305. Sean Poo

    I thought this was funny until I thought about it for a second. Europeans laugh at America for censoring their tv just as you are all laughing at the Chinese right now. Think about that the next time someone on tv says "mamma-jamma" instead of M-Fer. The American government is not as far away from this as you think...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  306. Milton

    Bye bye Dragon Ball Z...Cartoon Network in general. Those little Chinese kids are gunna be piissssssed.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  307. POOTYPOO

    ALL THIS CHINESE TALK MAKES ME WANT DOUBLE FRIED PORK.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  308. Chinese Bird

    I read the press release linked by CNN. Either CNN choose to sensationalised the article or they simply need to hire a new translator. The press release basically reported the numbers of approved production but had an extra paragraph to mention why they rejected some production request. In particular a topic 宿命论和轮回转世 which is about reincarnation. The reason being that this is simply superstition and the producers fail to provide reasonable plotlines other than using superstitions and folkore gods as a main subject. There is no mention of time-travel except dying and re-born.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  309. Marty M.

    this is heavy!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  310. Judge Dredd

    You cannot travel back in time, it's against the law!

    I am the law!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  311. Ray

    Forget about the past, China is in for so big changes when the future overwhelms their government control.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  312. Dave F

    If a government takes away the legal copies of certain movies, then people will have to buy illegal bootleg movies from China. Wait, wha??? #endlessloop

    April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  313. Jim

    I assume all you loudmouths vote for politicians who have allowed China to buy up trillions of dollars of U.S. debt in return for outsourcing all of our jobs to China. I guess you only shop at Wal-Mart and buy only Chinese products.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  314. Sparx

    Fine with me - with a billion+ people if only 1% of them are genii then they would probably make time travel a practical technology first. Now India will probably make it instead...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  315. Doc

    1.21 Gigawatts!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  316. TampaMan

    Does that include those silly little epigrams inside fortune cookies? Oh darn.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  317. frank the great

    History might just show that China is right, even though the concept of truth in life is beyond most humans. Whenever people see no hope, they start reaching for bizarre stories to create new ways of believing that the here and now will somehow magically transform itself. China knows that real change comes from the land and the people working together. Too much time spent on fantasy feeds the wrong part of our brain and the work that needs to be done doesn't get done on time. Before we worry about losing access to a fake future, perhaps some more time should be spent finding out the real past and present, and modeling our beliefs on those.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  318. Caliban

    Wow, they really want to oppress their people in all areas of life, even creativity is off limits in China. All the government is worried about is losing it's control of it's people, that is all they care about. They don't want citizens, just sheep.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  319. OpusFlux

    I just can't believe that people enjoy spending time staring at a box with pretty images instead of reading a book. That goes double for people who's career's are spent behind the computer screen only to go home and watch another screen. If everyone would do what I did at 25 yrs old, which is toss your TV our your window, and give up fantasy (movies) and come back to reality, perhaps then then they would realize that there never was a recession in the first place. I'm still waiting to feel the effects of this so called recession.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  320. Judge Dredd

    Maybe the Chinese government already created time travel in the future, came back to ban it now so they can control it.

    I am the law.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  321. PARROT

    STOP BELIEVING IN BUDDHA .....PROBLEM SOLVED !!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  322. Phil in Oregon

    Wow! Fastest article to 1 million comments. The Chinese obviously developed a time machine and don't want the secret out.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  323. Judge Dredd

    Does that mean they will ban Final Fantasy, there was time travel in that.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  324. Alex

    I want to put China's government in a headlock and say "McFlyyyy!!!"

    April 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  325. USED

    perhaps this is because they have invented a real Time travel device ;) coming soon to a wallmart near you! Get it quick before all the mexicans buy it out, you know how they love wallmart! Then they will all travel back to 1846 and take Texas back! hmmm wait a second, if that were to happen, then Bush Jr would be a mexican and would never have been the prez that destoryed the world ;)

    April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  326. Raymond

    I wonder how the Chinese government feels about their own mythology. Monkey Shaoling masters, human form pig gods, etc... Or was the tv series I saw while on my recent trip to China a figment of my imagination????? LOL!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  327. Paul

    Maybe China should ban itself.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  328. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Every now and then, it's good to be reminded of how repressive the commie Chinese government is.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  329. Mark L

    What about movies like the Lord of the Ring Trilogy? Wait, they would probably just portray Mordor as America

    April 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  330. Rick

    Damn it Jim! I'm a Doctor, not a theoretical physicist!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  331. The Truth

    When you either take away or suppress the ability to imagine, hope or dream, you essentially take away the very essence of humanity. Yes, people need a little discipline, some stability and guidance, but what China is doing is absolutely ridiculous. It will not last. Humans are not robots. They are asking for a rebellion or uprising by trying to restrict their people from being people. Yes, its small now... But what next? Makes ya think...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  332. bailoutsos

    China bans time travel

    Really? They just went back to the middle ages.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  333. Ryan

    Try to control everything and in the end you will control nothing, China.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  334. Ch'bazz

    We're gonna need a bigger boat.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  335. GAW

    Why be intimidated by time travel is its not possible. Unless someone knows something to the contrary.

    But I guess that for the Chinese government time travel represents undoing or changing something. And they cannot allow that.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  336. gk247

    lol well i would bad any movies which are rated R, 14, and even 13. These movies, even if they are high in action and visual just put the wrong message into kids heads. Its obvious, just look at 10 year olds today and their dreams, its about cloths, money, sex. When i was 10 it was all about, playing, friends and fun.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  337. Dwight Stegall

    Banning to most people is the same as telling them to go ahead and do it. People will always find ways around laws. All they need to do in China and other restricted countries is to get on the internet using a VPN. Then they can watch all of that banned stuff they want. If Google is blocked they can sneak in through their two back doors http://www.tepela.com/ and http://www.466453.com/

    April 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  338. McMahan

    Seriously?! Color me crazy, but shouldn't you, me, China, all of us, be spending brain power on something more important than banning time travel on television? No wonder the collective world thought process is in such disrepair.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  339. justpaul

    It's comforting to know that the regime in Beijing is keeping its eye on the big picture.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  340. Ken

    Who cares, China is so screwed up anyway with their stupid thinking or lack there of

    April 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  341. Dou Che Bahg

    I Blame Obama!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  342. Redford

    Any historical plot is essentially time travel. I'm guessing if you say something about China's past the censors don't like- ie. Mao was the biggest mass murderer in history, or Buddhism is tthe way to enlightenment- you're off to the widget factory. They're sitting on a volcano. After repression comes eruption.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  343. BeyondReason

    When the government attacks works of fiction we are moving far beyond socialism to a more insidious type of control.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  344. ummyeah

    What about those good old "chinese ghost movies" or any martial arts movies for that matter....might as well ban TV :P

    April 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  345. MartinSA

    wow. there goes any attempts for them to showoff Journey to the West.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  346. Bob

    Richard Heteny

    Go to hell. Off topic and racist comment. Just the fact that, about, 90% of Quebec population speaks english also should shut you up.

    by the way, how's it going with your stupid dog? I heard you had many fines to pay. Goes with the owner I guess.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  347. Serioulsy_Now

    Philly. 12 Monkey = Philly. Did the author do any research for this article?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  348. vince

    China does not like fantasy because it creates hope for a better future that's not necessarily under the thumb of the chinese communist party. The party is terrified that the mass of the poor population that make up the bulk of the citizenry will get fed up with the one-party corrupt government and start a Jasmine revolution of their own - which will spell the end of leaders' special priviledges and perks (and money - it's ALWAYS about money).

    April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  349. Back to the Future - Part 4

    Dr. Emmett Brown re-creates his Delorean time-machine. But he uses a flux capacitor that is a Chinese knock-off and the Delorean explodes at 87 mph.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  350. Joe

    When are the good people of China going to finally rise up against their government. The time has come!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  351. Joe

    CNN sensors just like China!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  352. Phil

    So much for several episodes of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. (Stargate Universe sucks)

    April 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  353. Doomguy

    Go ahead China. Keep crushing the imagination out of your people. Then you can keep mass producing the things the rest of the world invents.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  354. Marty McFly

    im going back in time to change this china rule

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  355. Sherman

    Any directive that would ban Mr. Peabody's WABAC machine is just plain un-American. Oh wait ...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  356. HUX

    i WOULD NEVER WANT TO GO 'back to the future' it took me three years to get rid of my ex.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  357. Pedro

    Aren't we all time-travelers?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  358. Gypsy King

    All of China won't even see this article about what their government declares, that's the hilarity of their culture. And those who do will laugh because they know all they have to do is walk outside to any sidewalk and they can buy any movie, from any country, in any language, for one third of what we pay for a beer at happy hour. The government always has their say, but the people really run that country when it comes to day to day living.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  359. Robert

    Suddenly, I'm not so scared of China becoming more powerful than the U.S. Essentially, they are squashing imagination along with ingenuity with all their bans. They will have to continuing stealing technology and science information to keep going in this world. Eventually, the international community will catch on to this. They will be shut out completely.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  360. Alex

    China cannot and should not be trusted by the West, ever!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  361. Jeremy

    I've said it many times before and I'll say it again: China is like the asperger's kid of governments. There is no rhyme or reason to anything they do and how they do it. I like to point to the 2008 Olympics; the work-up toward it rather. So people around the world are getting mad at China for human rights things. A country can go with option 1 or option 2 here. Option 1 is at least make a token gesture that "oh we're getting better" and play nice. Option 2 is say "we don't care what you think we're too powerful and sure of ourselves to care." Either option is a valid response (I'm not sticking up for option 2 but it is a valid response). However, China in its usual fashion went with Option Fuschia: oh no people are upset about the protests and stuff. Let's arrest the homeless and activists so we can make them happy and play nice. Seriously what sort of chemicals do you have to be huffing to come to these political conclusions?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  362. jon

    Can anyone picture Lea Thompson not being cute? I think Marty got the raw end of the deal having Elisabeth Shue as his girlfriend instead of Thompson. She looked cute 25 years ago when the first BTTF movie came out, and it looks like she hasn't missed a beat at 50.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  363. Guesto

    They should ban Reality TV

    April 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  364. Dr. Brown

    Roads....where we're going...we don't need roads...

    April 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  365. Glenn

    Imagination is the enemy of Communism. Only conformists need apply.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  366. Dr. Brown

    Roads..? Where we're going, we dont need roads...

    April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  367. Russ

    These laws are terrible!
    If only there was a way to stop them
    ... BEFORE they happened.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  368. ssheart

    I think you Americans don't know the truth. As a Chinese youth, I understand and agree with what the government had decided. It is for the benifit of the younger generation, it is about the development of Chinese culture, a more healthier film and TV industry. It has nothing to do with the film about Tatanic or similiar films produced by the west. We welcome the films like these, we welcome any films that is full of creation and imagination as long as it is logical and reasonable, but the content of some China's TV serials about time travels really look ridiculous, which are really lack of logic and wisom. I hope you Americans can see China from an objective viewpoint , for you say you are in the most democratic country in the world.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  369. Surge_of_Power

    "New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

    I GUESS THEY JUST OUTLAWED COMMUNISM.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  370. Dannon

    The funny thing is, there are some very popular fantasy stories that are perpetuated in hong kong cinema. The Monkey king comes to mind... and thats a 12 hour long movie that every Chinese person watches.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  371. Alex

    Maybe China finally did discover time travel. They have enough money to put into that kind of development.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  372. The Chairman

    I should go there and make a movie where some capitialist americans travel back in time to 1948 Beijing, and become awestruck and admire the teachings of Mao, Deng and take on the glorious ideals of the revolution. I have a "feeling" the censors would make an exception in that case and time travel would no longer be "an issue".

    April 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  373. mi17mtp

    finally, important news.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  374. 2brok2kar

    They don't have time for movies or tv...they're too busy making crap to sell in this country...and working all those jobs that SHOULD still be in this country. But......I guess that's ok, too, as long as our rich keep gettin' richer.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  375. yeah

    dang she still looks hot

    April 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  376. ForReal?

    Those guys just don't want anyone to think it's okay to have any kind of fun do they? China law: Anyone appearing to have free will and doing what they think is fun will be severely punished.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  377. David Lopan

    China... the epitome of fun.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  378. Phil

    Why don't they just lobotomize every newborn? Then they can all go on forever watching the same movies, reading the same books, repeating the same dumb jokes, working at the same filthy factories punching out chintzy knock-offs of other nations' good ideas and, of course, systematically murdering those occasional individuals who slip through the cracks. They really don't grasp this whole "human" thing, do they? It's like they truly ASPIRE to be stupid! Just too pathetic.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  379. Big J

    This is so foolish from the Chinese Government, that just movies, movies should bring people joy and fun that is nothing do with culture and Chinese heritage.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  380. ohhh. CHINA!

    China-the major contributor of waste, and in fake products...why don't their government just focus on their moral and ethical laws instead of making such hilarious laws. They had killed through lethal injection from other nations...that sounds so INHUMANE. Please wake-up CHINA.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  381. John R

    Beijing Apr 14, 2037

    Dai Min Cho, a senior in the prestigious UCLA Film Program, came to California to join the now ten-year-old Democracy Exchange Program between the United States and China.

    After growing up in the old censorship days of what was then ironically called the Peoples Democratic Republic of China, Dai was moved as a young girl when she was told that she and all Chinese citizens would not be allowed to view, write or even thing about time travel in an artistic way.

    "It backfired", Dai explained of her and many people's reaction to the law. "After the ban of watching movies about time travel, about all anyone could do is think about the concept all the time. But to me it was more personal. I didn't just want to make a movie or write. I wanted to learn if time travel was really possible. In my country, it's hard to believe, at one time, that was illegal."

    Looking back on her childhood, Dai is actually glad the law was passed. "It sped up the reforms. Without such silly and outrageous laws, people become complacent and just allow more to be passed. You know, things like not being able to travel to Hong Kong without a permit. I actually think passing the time travel ban helped to awaken poeple."

    April 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  382. mi17mtp

    ah so

    April 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  383. Rafael

    "After witnessing his death at the hands of terrorists, McFly is forced to change his identity and move away from Hill Valley"

    Marty McFly never died in the movie! Doc Brown died though!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  384. EtanG911

    This ban is really redundant when you think about it.

    First – there's no way China would import DeLoreans, considering it's an American car/company.
    Second – even if some adventurous Chinese citizen attempted to outfit a flux capacitor in a different car, do you really think a stretch of road exists in that country that isn't scrupulously monitored against speeding motorists? There's just no way they'd be able to hit 88 miles per hour, thus prohibiting the flux capacitor from being charged with the * necessary* 1.21 gigawatts required for time travel.

    You might be thinking "Ahh roads? They won't need roads if they have hover wheels and a Mr. Fusion!" But I would retort, that those inventions come FROM the future and since they can't travel there in the first place, we're completely protected from the space-time continuum skewing into an alternative reality where China allows free-thinking and civil liberties.

    Phew! that's a load off my mind.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  385. who

    Prediction will be realized without any doubt that there has to be a revolution occured in China sooner and later.You American supposed to know it's the unique Chinese societal historical rule. Chinese people has been digging its own tomb from all spects of its living environment.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  386. Red

    This is heavy...

    April 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  387. hw711

    People who buy into media sensationalism are just as dumb as people who buy into government propaganda.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  388. Ching Chang Chong

    5000 years our culture has existed on dog. we will dance on your graves yankees.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  389. Ching Chang Chong

    Once again proving long term capitalism is incompatible with a one party bureaucracy. You need a least two worthless ones like ours so someone is getting punished for their incompetence.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  390. bnn2552

    This original chinese article makes NO mention of time travel at all , shame on you CNN for sloppy journalism
    http://www.sarft.gov.cn/articles/2011/03/31/20110331140820680073.html

    近几个月,全国报备剧目的总体态势是好的,但我们也发现一些不正确的创作苗头:个别申报备案的神怪剧和穿越剧,随意编纂神话故事,情节怪异离奇,手法荒诞,甚至渲染封建迷信、宿命论和轮回转世,价值取向含混,缺乏积极的思想意义。对此,希望各制作机构端正创作思想,要弘扬中华民族优秀传统文化,努力提高电视剧的思想艺术质量。

    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  391. TheThinker

    That'll never work.
    China banned tachyon particles.
    This just in:

    April 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  392. wtf

    What a joke, its stuff like this that makes other people rip on the Chinese even more. And just when you thought they might be coming around..

    April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  393. George

    Normally, I would criticize the CHinese government and call them stupid for this, but since all of our manufacturing jobs have been sent their and more than half of everything I own was made in China, I'm just going to keep my mouth shut.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  394. phalkon

    so.... no more anime?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  395. Scary

    These people are very dangerous. Lets just hope they keep their insanity way over there.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  396. TheThinker

    No more Time Tunnel reruns.
    Is China's problem with Time Travel more with the "Star Trek Time Travel Rules" or the "Terminator Time Travel Rules"?

    More importantly, how does China feel about storylines involving a parallel universe?
    ;)

    April 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  397. David

    When are the Chinese people going to wake up and get rid of their oppressive government? It's called FREEDOM, people.
    Get on board.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  398. booboobear

    Fantasy is NOT reality. Know the difference.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  399. Gary

    I don't know why everyone fears China. They steal everything they have, they make American products with slave labor..for now anyway...they have little to no innovation, and the little they do have they steal from the west. It's only a matter of time before the people of China rise up and demand their freedom. This is just one more thing that shows just how retarded the Commies really are. Fuck China, and fuck thier "bloated" economy, it's going to crash soon, and it's going to crash real hard!!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  400. Canopy

    Well at least one country has a moral compass.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  401. Chuck

    I'll have to say that I agree with them on one count–"random compilations of mythical stories" –I wish we could ban anything like that from our own entertainment. Then one wouldn't have to suffer those "extraordinary gentlemen" showing up every other night on at least one channel, the six people who watch "Sanctuary" would have to look elsewhere, and about two thirds of the Syfy channel's awful, stupid made for TV movies would go away.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  402. Claire

    That'd foolish. The aim of chinese gov is to maintain the quality of the chinese tv drama. If yOu all have watched the drama created recently by the Chinese , you would have applauded for the gov's decision. So before you criticize, better understand the policy first

    April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  403. Ducky McGee

    Bruce Willis doesn't travel to Baltimore specifically, he travels back to Philadelphia.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  404. Biff

    Why don't you Chinese sensors make like a tree and get outta here?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  405. S

    You idiot Americans, U.S. is actually the most controlled nation, read conspiracy theory, all are controlled to cater interest to a certain priviledged group, or groups. Expansion and Depression are created, conspired by the powerful, and economists, that is how they want to enslave you guys as workers, and have a fake american dreams, then when time comes, take all from you by creating a depression. At least, currently, Chinese givernment are not controlled by this group...will be soon...YOU STILL THINK YOU HAVE A DREAM?
    Movies in the U.S. are actually customized to emphasize some values (such as Family, Surburban values...American dreams, fantasies) that eventually make you people under control and provide (by consuming ro realize those values) for the powerful.
    Idiots, sad, chinese are learning from Americans now...end of the last virgin land, contaminated by that group.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  406. Da Canuck

    Don't worry. I'll go back in time and correct this. You'll never know it happened!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  407. Greezy

    How dare you peasants exercise your imagination! Get back to your rice paddy!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  408. Fernt

    but keep pounding out those time travel movie DVDs fro us, ya hear?!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  409. Fernt

    no more huey lewis. sorry, not my rules.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  410. Carl LaFong

    I'd sure like to try whatever these Chinese officials are smoking.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  411. whatintheworld

    All hail Big Brother!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  412. usa

    chinese government does the right thing.
    Entertainment should be limited.
    you usa can have unlimited sex and voilent contents,
    but other countries do not want that.
    you usa want to pullute the world with your greed,
    but other countries have right to protect their citizens.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  413. chgn66

    Can I go back in time 3 minutes and not encounter this story?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  414. usa

    and it is not what guidelines.
    it is just one comment of one chinese official.
    and the us media has enlarge the thing 100 times again.
    this is typical USA.
    they pretend to be free, but they only want to oppress opponent.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  415. Melissa

    Completely idiotic.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  416. xiang

    I think the whole matter has nothing to do with the movies mentioned above.
    The reason for the ban is that many stupid Chinese shows mix historical characters in different times to make stories. Just imagine a show in which Jeniffer Aniston go back in time and fell in love with George Washington; it is ridiculous but such thing may happen in those stupid shows.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  417. ProperVillain

    No shows about time travel? No science fiction? No fantasy style movies? No DOCTOR WHO? China, you are just plain boring....

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  418. The Doctor

    But it never happened this way, China was supposed to have a revolution of art and culture in the latter stages of 2011. I sense the Daleks in all this! Quick, into the TARDIS!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  419. Mickey

    I heard that they also banned unhealthy food, smoking, and unions, and they also put cameras at every intersection. Oh wait, that's New York.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  420. ProperVillain

    Under the heading of "fantasy" I guess that means they will have to ban most state sponsored broadcasts...

    April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  421. Mad Bro?

    A sensible decision for an oppressive communist regime.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  422. Karen

    Guess this is what happens to the brain from eating dogs and cats.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  423. usa

    These ignorant us people,
    guideline does not mean ban!
    the journalists do lack of education!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  424. Joe citizen abroad

    No re-writing of history? Right. That's the government's job.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  425. usa

    1, it is guideline, it is not ban
    2, what the official said is not in this guideline!
    everybody can be the journalist of us-media?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  426. Wei

    This is just a guidance,not too seriously. Maybe some people should watch local Chinese TV or movie and know what is the guidance talk about.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  427. BDB

    I guess the us should put an embargo on fortune cookies, that will show them.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  428. Flash

    Well then, I'm certainly not going to move there! I'll have my time travel fantasies, please.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  429. L Kurt Engelhart

    "myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”
    They do not want people to realize these can be changed. The party line is definitely not questionable.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  430. InFurtherNews

    In further news the Chinese goverment banned "Stupid, Lame, and Boring TV and also anything containing the actor Charlie Sheen."

    Minister of Media Imada Disup had this to say: "Our first new directive didn't go far enough. We banned all sorts of TV tropes and gimmicks and our TV STILL SUCKED. We put the time travel and fantasy thing in the previous one because we just saw the ending to LOST and we can't believe nobody told us how stupid and frustrating it was."

    "The People of China deserve primetime TV that is interesting, funny and supportive of the world wide revolution of the proleteriat."

    "This new ban on stupid, lame and boring TV will make sure that all citizens of our glorious republic can rest assured that their favorite TV show won't turn out to be just some dumb kids dream."

    April 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  431. Shell

    "Next, the Chinese will ban you from dreaming." Hilarious. Many movies are about taking you away from the real world. The government is taking it way too far... it's sad how they don't give their own people credit for having any intelligence.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  432. Rick

    I'm going to celebrate our American way of life. I'm going to go home tonight, pull out the old DVD of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and order some Chinese food!!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  433. Dan Watson

    So does the ban apply to all of the stranger aspects of the universe as well such as leptons and movie plots that resemble the unusual behavior of leptons? Will all of Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman be banned or just the time travel episodes? Does the ban extend beyond movies? Are physics banned in schools as well? Can they make a movie about Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity? What about a movie about the GPS system, it has to deal with time travel directly by having to predict where the car will be. Is there a preference in the direction in time? Is it ok let's say to go forward in time and change the future's future but not ok to go back in time and disrupt the ancient culture of China?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  434. BL

    As a time traveler from a few years past Obama's second term (sorry about that) I want to inform you that the real reason is.... oh no, blinking out....got to go back.........

    April 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  435. CNNot

    Really, CNN? Please do some real checking before reporting your politically driven "news". Nothing's banned in the real world in China, even your politically manipulated riot videos in Tibet. Next time make sure to educate the paid protesters' chants about Geography, it's "Free Tibet", not "Free Taiwan". On a separate note, let's report something on American human rights. Oh that's right, the US of A doesn't have any either. Stop pointing fingers and get your own acts straight with your own citizens. Body scans? Phone taps? Invading other countries, killing innocent people? Sounds very constitutional. How about getting the deficit balanced, lower the unemployment rate? It’s really an art of governing to see $14 trillion debt piling up and not do anything about it.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  436. Shao

    This article is misleading. The Chinese gov aren't baning any of the film listed above. If you read the original link, it only means the very low quality, too stupid programs are getting hard time to be approved, possibly some thing in the league of Kong Pow.....

    April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  437. Dan Watson

    How does India feel about time travel? Is there going to be a regional domino effect in surrounding India and Mongolia? Is Russia also going to fall to Time Travel Phobia also known as TTP (not to be confused with HTTP or HTTPs both terrible conditions indeed). Does the ban apply to video games as well? What about World of Warcraft expansions and current releases they often travel in time to relive the past!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  438. Steveereno

    Sounds like the government in Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  439. Doctor Who

    This is a classic example of how empire fears imagination.
    Empire seeks to prevent any imagining of an alternative future.
    Empire issues its script and denies the possibility of any other script.
    This is why empire always fears the poets...and apparently Doctor Who and Doc Brown.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  440. Dan Watson

    We need new trading partners. Who cares if they have a billion people. Let's clone ourselves twice and trade with our clones isolated colonies.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  441. Steve

    Could China’s recent use of capitalism be simply a means to another end? Leninism could be ultimately proven right.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  442. Dan Watson

    Oh no what about the Science Channel? Are they on the chopping block as well?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  443. They're still communist, folks

    I guess the Central Propaganda Department wanted a monopoly on fantasy.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  444. Evan

    "Groundhog Day"

    Bill Murray remains a jerk reporter for the rest of the long winter and learns nothing of being a happy caring good samaritan with the love of his life. At the end of the day he runs over Punxsutawney Phil with his car.

    "Austin Powers"

    The 80-year-old international man of mystery, who is quite well know after all these years, spends his days at a retirement home playing bingo on Tuesday afternoons while reminiscing about the women he shagged. Occasionally he will juno-chop a nurse he believes is a minion. Dr Evil who also just as old, wears diapers and laughs every time he says he's made a new "Number 2". The Global-Political balance of earth is currently threatened by laserbeam-equipped sharks from America.

    "The Terminator"

    Sarah Connor is ruthlessly hunted by a cold, calculating and merciless IRS agent for tax fraud from claiming a dependent, "John", who she doesn't have yet. But the resistance to the Aramican tax system was able to send a lone warrior, a protector for Sarah, who is none other than the great Jet Li.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  445. Brewgoat

    I don't care what anyone says, that some funny $h@t. Next, China bans sunlight as it exposes too much corruption!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  446. Marty McFly

    "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BASTARDS!"

    April 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  447. John

    This CNN news report is not accurate. I am a China-born US citizen whose first language is Chinese. I just checked out the official Chinese Government Document that was provided as a link. They did NOT ban time travel in the document. Instead, the document said "we noticed that...(lately)...certain fantasy movies and time-travel movies were...ridiculous." Since this document did not name these movies we do not know if these movies are good classics like Back to the Future or something that is totally contradicting the moral/political standards of the Chinese Society/Chinese government. They do have tighter media control.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  448. oh well...

    If American censors can go apesh!it over a 2-second nipple-slip. Who are we to judge? Really.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  449. qas

    No surprise. It's China. It could have been worse.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  450. dozo

    Hollywood stupidity should be banned worldwide.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  451. Eyeball

    The top Chinese officials are old minded. Leave them in their darkness.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  452. Sumit

    Just when you think human stupidity has hit the rock bottom, something like this sneaks up from behind and taps on the shoulder :D

    April 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  453. Fanny Forbes Franklen

    It's Communist Red China the home of Mao the murderer who they admit killed over 80 million people. They have 'suicide' vans staffed with medical personnel to remove your organs for on demand same day transplant surgery. They slaughtered uncounted numbers in Tienanmen Square and we have a nice article for you on them banning time travel. How cutting edge.

    911essentials dot com

    April 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  454. dozo

    Hollywood is bad influence, and should be banned globally.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  455. Matrix

    Same thing than western countries banning chapters of the Simpsons making fun of nuclear issues. Each country has its own way to control people's opinion and behavior.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  456. James R

    Does this mean that China can not produce counterfeit pirated videos of sci-fi or time travel-themed movies anymore either?

    April 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  457. Dr.Who?

    Just when I though we, U.S., had the stupidest leadership in the world. The Chinese manage to prove me wrong. Thanks for giving me a little hope. morons

    April 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  458. Marcus Valerio XR

    I got it! The man that brings this amazing idea is a time traveler himself. In the future he saw the chineses build a powerful time machine and screw up the universe, traveling back in time to undo maoist revolution. Now, his trying to avoid that chinese nerds dream about time travel, removing it from media, hoping abort any science project inspired on fiction.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  459. JEN

    I HATE CHINA BECAUSE THEY SMOKE ALOT, DIRTY AIR,DON'T CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, AND GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

    April 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  460. Temp

    Probably trying to avoid a show where Chairman Mao travels to modern China. His head would explode.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  461. joe

    Captain kirk in China: Beam me up scotty! Scotty, I said beam me up...now!!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  462. amtr

    Science fiction creates an alternative reality in the mind of the inventor.Rockets, submarines, cell phones and so much more owes its existence to dreamers inspired by science fiction. The good is China will kill the future for its economy whcih is good for the United States. Everyone must support China's killing the infection of "scince fiction" if they want the United States to triumph. No negaitives over this, just lots of praise. Keep up the good work China!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  463. julie

    Of course!

    Fantastical movies gives people ideas.

    Ideas provoke questions.

    Questions bring about change.

    And change is dangerous for control.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  464. aurafield

    Interesting how the Chinese government does not want stories to be told that "rewrite history" because it is "against Chinese culture." Yet, someone please refresh my memory, what government was it that rewrote history books to pretend that Tibet never existed freely?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  465. Tom

    Those crazy government officials... oh wait, this is about China! not California! For a minute I thought the entertainment state had lost its mind. Then again, if California officials lose their minds, how will we know? Imagine, the country that claims to be the next world super power and leader of all things economic is afraid of a little fantasy and fiction. I suppose the Chinese Defense contractors got the same directive...No weapons designs that are based on science fiction or fantasy. We only want established. traditional weapons that respect Chinese traditions. They should contain generous amounts of gunpowder and have a fuse at one end.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
  466. Mike H

    Bruce Willis' character does indeed time travel...to find the source of a deadly virus. The problem was the 'hit & miss' aspect of the newly discovered technique of doing it. All the more reason for the Chi-Coms to ban it under the "Absurd Technique & Bizarre Plot" section of the new guideline. BTW, I loved it.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  467. Kenneth Spicer

    So Glee is OK so long as they don't go back in time.
    This might work out!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  468. Mike

    Bruce Willis 12 Monkeys' character does indeed travel back in time.... To find the source of a deadly virus. The problem was the 'hit & miss' aspect of the newly developed traveling technique. So the movie could be banned for violating 2 different guidelines; "Absurd Techniques & Bizarre Plots"

    April 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  469. Cass Sunstein

    I approve of this censorship.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  470. Max Payne

    Good now the evil chinese commie/capitalist won't get their hands on the flux capacitor.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  471. UncleJohn

    They should ban pi while they're at it. It's so untidy with all those extra numbers.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  472. Veglvr

    No Dr. Who? No Lost? Why live?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  473. glen

    Laugh all you want, but there laughing at us for being broke while they get economically stronger, thanks me, you all and our goverment.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  474. Tom Mariner

    Disappointing and surprising - I had the impression that today's leaders in China were more modern thinking - this smacks of the "Great Leap Forward" where operas and plays were constructed to convey the correct way of thought.

    Are we sure that this is the truth?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  475. M

    Ehh. I prefer Korean dramas and films anyway. Their writers are better. Great fantasy stories. Love Whispering Corridor films and dramas like Secret Garden and 49 Days. Korean writers have wonderful imaginations with lots of surprises in their works for viewers.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  476. Louis Cyphre

    Ashes to ashes,
    Junk to junky.
    We know Hu Jintao's a junkie,
    Strung-out in Beijing's filth...
    Hitting an all... time... low.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  477. Who's the babe?

    Yea, but who is the babe in the pic?

    Nice babe.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  478. Smarch

    One of the most fun things on the Internet these days is reading the comments on any story that points out the lack of freedom in china. All of the obvious Chinese government stooge comments are some of the best comedy out there. From the blatantly unassuming names like "Paul" to the retarded logic, it's all gold. There must be a Ministry of Commenting or something where thousands of Chinese with varying levels of English abilities comb through the Internet. This brute force lying is so Chinese. They try to brute force everything. Just settle down china. nobody cares about your bulls***

    April 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  479. charlesliu

    OMG Kevin, do journalist still fact check?

    With a shrinking world it's not hard to plug the Chinese government press release into a translator, and find out it contains no mentioning of time travel.

    The phrase "神怪剧和穿越剧" litterally translates to "spirit-monster theme and transcendental theme", refering to *crossing-over(not time travel)* ghost stories that are too scary for TV or respective time slot. This is the same issue TV censor boards in US would consider.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  480. Vulturer

    once a man thought jet engines on a plane were the way of the future (aviator anyone)
    Now I can get half around the world in 10 hours, instead of a month. Illogical thinking?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  481. Ryan

    I love how this country claims to be a Republic of the people. I feel sorry for those Chinese citizens that have to live in such a Draconian society.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  482. whatever remains

    Why would the Chinese government be afraid of something that exists only in theory – to the point that they advertise it globally?

    I am inclined to check my premise.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  483. Me

    lol at the entire premise of banning certain fictional devices.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  484. sftommy

    This is why, ultimately, America has nothing to fear from China.
    As a nation, China being intolerant of free-thinkers, will always be at least one step behind the US on most issues and never quite able to catch up or figure out why.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  485. ltlee

    Fortunately, the directive of the popular TV time travel drama does not watch CNN. He does not appear to know the government had such a ban. The filming of sequel of the popular TV series continues.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  486. Mike G.

    I say ban all chinese words ending in 'ing'.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  487. Jakob

    What they don't want is anybody RE-rewriting history. The Chinese government has ALREADY done a masterful job of re-writing history.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  488. nomemoleste

    Perfect example of the difference between Nazis and Communists (basically nature vs. nurture).

    Nazis think they can control the world by controlling genetics. (hence the holocaust, Aryan supremacy, super soldiers, hitler clones, etc.)

    Communists think they can control the world by controlling the environment. (hence Iron Curtains, Bamboo Curtains, re-education camps, the Great Fire Walll, etc.)

    Both are wrong since both largely ignore spiritual dimensions.

    Neither have authority to control demons, but are subject to them and teach their doctrines. (demons ~ nephilim ~ pagan gods ~ aliens ~ paranormal etc. etc.)

    So the Chinese government is afraid of their worst fears – that 1.5 Billion people will rise up and overthrow them, which of course they will. They're cursed. What they fear most will most definitely consume them.

    I'd cite the Muslim uprisings across the mid-east, but they're basically Nazis.It's going to be interesting to watch when US consumption collapses followed by idled plants in China and India. They're probably thinking like Obama that if they start wars they can hold off chaos and collapse. But what they fear is coming. And they what they dare not admit is going to play them like a global game of RIsk only with real nations.

    Because demons distract themselves from their soon coming doom too – by playing games with humans as pawns.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  489. GetReal

    Hollywood has loved to give the impression the Chinese are so wise......PLEASE.......The vast majority of the country lives in poverty. The one child per family rule has been a disaster and now they ban are again banning independent thought. Oh, and have you ever seen them drive???

    April 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  490. Rational

    You can't make up fictions that match the fact of Chinese communist life. But what's scarier is Obama's recent proclamation that he'd have an easier time running China than the USA–that makes sense...a Communist would indeed have a ball running a Communist state.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  491. Eaton111

    People!!!!

    You are not showing enough positive thinking!!!!

    Or off to re-education camp!!!!

    April 15, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  492. GKS

    Interesting that of the long list of plot lines that are banned, CNN seems to only care about the one that offends the philosophy of science. All that other stuff is just hokey religion that people don't need anyway right? Who cares about reincarnation, fantasy, superstitions, and myth. They can ban all that other stuff, just don't touch our science fantasy. Next thing you know they will ban the science fantasy called global warming and then CNN will really get mad.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  493. AdamTrek

    In a related story, China has also discouraged double-rainbows, puppies licking people, and the occasional Youtube laughing-baby-at-ripping-paper video.

    April 15, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  494. Francisco

    Maybe they are afraid of the Kuomintang Time Traveling Machine.

    April 15, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  495. Spidey-Man

    wow... they're serious? Guess they're upset that Japan's getting so much attention...

    April 15, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  496. rd

    it's not a ban. just recommended against. i read the link they based this article on. cnn sucks. chines chicks rule!

    April 15, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  497. aaaaa.bbbbb.2010

    The "Journalist" must either been brain washed or are starting to brain wash the rednecks of the states.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:27 am |
  498. Riquin

    Beam me up Scotty …..there are no intelligent life forms in this planet.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  499. BJT

    China believes it can get away with anything. China the biggest bully (China BB)
    Now it claims all of the South China Sea, despite the UN laws on the seas.

    April 15, 2011 at 4:11 am |
  500. Banton

    We should not talk, even if this was an actual fact, thanks CNN. I guess the PC nut jobs at CNN just did not know how to play this one. Or almost missed the deadline and got the facts crossed just in time. No one care if they are eating each other in China. Anything is better than the freedom movement or chaos as I call it that the Arabs are going through. No good can come of that, China keep on truckin!!!

    April 15, 2011 at 4:17 am |
  501. fenyangtang

    Who made the story "China bans time travel for television"? Eunice Yoon!, the Korean and her CNN western followers, you believe what they said?! Come to China and watch TV with your own eyes!!! CNN, Create Nonsense Now

    April 15, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  502. Sig

    Duh! They're freaked out about their citizens wondering what life was like in the 1950's before the second "revolution" that wound up with millions of them starving to death. You would think that after all these years of totalitarian control, the animals at the top would be comfortable in their roles as evil authoritarians. Here's the lesson: ALL authoritarians are deathly afraid of their people discovering that freedom is an innate right, as America's founders described in the Declaration of Independence. It's the same reason commies fear and hate God. Jefferson wrote that our rights come from God, and a government is only legitimate if it upholds those rights.

    Really, it's a darn shame what's happening to America right now. American leadership is no better than commie Chinese right now. I'll tell you one thing: In the 1950s, you paid for your own healthcare, you purchased your car from a non-governmental corporation, you loved big business and big industry because they were engines of prosperity, and you distrusted anyone who told you otherwise.

    I don't know if we should allow that kind of talk in the America of today!

    April 15, 2011 at 4:31 am |
  503. Sig

    @nomemoleste

    Whoa! Intense!

    Do you have any hope at all? (As I do.)

    "We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?

    "My only hope is in you." Psalm 39:6-7

    April 15, 2011 at 4:38 am |
  504. Sig

    @ Who's the Babe?

    Ha! Now that's funny!

    Or do you really come from a society that banned "Back to the Future"?

    April 15, 2011 at 4:44 am |
  505. Audrey

    as a Chinese who lives in Beijing, I have never heard this kind of saying about banning the movie/show......where the heck did this come from?

    April 15, 2011 at 5:14 am |
  506. ARRON

    There is no ban, only discourage. Editor is irresponsible, don't be ridiculous

    April 15, 2011 at 5:33 am |
  507. minhduc7

    If "back to the future" was not banned, it 's possible one day, a Chinese screen writer would write a movie story telling that at some time in the past Mao would realize that Communism would not work and he would abandon Communism for good, switch to Capitalism, and bring prosperity to China

    April 15, 2011 at 5:59 am |
  508. What the??

    If this is true (I have a feeling something was lost in translation), the Chinese Government must not realise how educated and intelligent their people are. Also, for those don't know what the Chinese Government mean when they say "strongly discourage", by all means go over there and test them. Good luck!!!

    April 15, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  509. d.r. park

    There is another reason why this is taking place, maybe someone else mentioned it.

    We have 2012, coming up very fast full of dire predictions including the Mayan calendar. There is some similar evidence that this is not a big hoax. If there is some truthful evidence out there that might cause disruption in China, what better way to censor all of that since it can be banned from publication. The new crackdown on all dissedents is another piece of this puzzle.

    April 15, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  510. Matt

    Hard to believe this level of censorship can still exist today. Why would ANYONE with a choice CHOOSE to live in China. I guess that's just it... There is no choice. In the meantime they'll keep lending us money to buy their crappily made poisoned products. FU china.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  511. Skeptic

    Okay, so time travel is as stupid as religion, but both time travel and religion make good money.
    So what if they don't have good plot. If people are stupid enough to buy the story, who are you to tell them any different?
    It's fraud, you said.
    Don't tell that to the rabbi. He's got to make a living too.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  512. Wangchuk

    The Chinese Communist Party is incredibly stupid & bizarre. Banning fictional shows about time travel or fantasy? Sounds like the CCP is engaging in fantasy. Besides violating freedom of speech, these rules also violate freedom of religion. Millions of Chinese & Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation. By banning any shows that feature reincarnation, the CCP is violating the PRC Constitution. But since when has the Constitution or civil rights ever stopped the Chinese Govt from doing anything?

    April 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  513. aaaaa.bbbbb.2010

    It's hard to believe that there are people in this world still believe this news. How much brain wash you need to have people in the most educated country to believe this? Good job, "Free" media.

    April 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  514. Balzar Aikin

    The point missed by many posting here is it's not a question of preserving any government's particular notion of history but rather allowing people to express their opinions, right or wrong. Freedom of speech is the key to equality. When the elite hold the reigns and are allowed to determine what is true or false, we forfeit our freedom. Who among us wants to entrust the ruling elite with the right to write our history when our experiences may prove them to be wrong? Stop sleeping, people, and stand up for your rights. Don't swallow the official version of reality, when your own experiences tell a different story.

    Life is not so subjective. Genocide is genocide. The Cultural Revolution is accepted as having occurred by most Chinese. You can change the textbooks, but you can't change the facts. America has committed its own atrocities. As the reggae song said, "Do you remember the days of slavery." Every nation in the world has blood on it's hands. Never forget this. Always remember man's inhumanity to man. Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who, as was said in Monty Python's Holy Grail film. Let us all wake up and start being the civilized people we claim to be.

    No more war. No more capital punishment. No more bonuses for bankers who gamble with the money of honest, hardworking folks. No more nationalistic vying for world supremacy. Wake up you silly monkeys with opposable thumbs. As China claimed to believe during the 2008 Olympic games....though I think they hadn't thought it through..."One World, One Dream." Live up to that motto, and things will get better.

    April 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  515. Adrian

    Wow, did CNN have Chinese translator before they post crap like this?

    I went to the original source linked in the article. The bulletin from the bureau says the general TV market is quite good, but there has been excessive TC series on traveling back into history to date princes, superstition, religions fanaticism, ect. This is just a bulletin by the bureaus summarizing last year's TV market in China.

    Where the heck is ban or discourage even mentioned in the bulletin?

    I am "glad" so many peopled trust CNN's "reporting" when CNN never even bothered to check the original source.

    Ignorance breeds more ignorance, esp. in this age. Freedom of speech wont save ignorance.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  516. Ting tong

    Ching chong (it means I love you). Check out Jimmy Wong on youtube

    April 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  517. Bon

    Who made up this stupid 'news'?! There isn't such a ban at all. Only idiots would beileve that. God help these ignorant pigs!

    April 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  518. US, China Only Rulers of the world

    Lets just nuke the world. put others into slavery. Stupid Fat Americans and Stinky Chinese

    April 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  519. Argle Bargle

    Why would they need time travel when their government keeps them living in the dark ages anyway? They have the real thing.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  520. Argle Bargle

    Yes, 2012 will be a banner year.

    On December 21st, 2012, human stupidity will reach critical mass and cause the downfall of civilization as we know it.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  521. Sean Church

    You wankers! You're going to end up banning Three Kingdoms and Water Margin related material!

    April 16, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  522. TingTong LinLong

    Kevin and Eunice baby, you reallly know Chinese, don't you? learn some Chinese please before you start to blabla... This report is just a joke. You are talking something you don't know. Where did you get those "China Bans..." words from? I could not find it from the "New guidelines issued on March 31".

    Indeed a "time travel" TV serials is broadcasting now in China.

    http://baike.baidu.com/view/3578254.htm#sub3578254

    You know, if Mr Oboma said he did not like Pizza, it doesn't mean that US is going to ban Pizza...

    April 16, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  523. Levin

    It's funny but acceptable. In China ,rewriting history seems like rewriting the Bible. But it won't be understood by America, a country with history for only 200 years.HAHAHAHA

    April 16, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  524. Henry

    (I don't know why my comments appear to be with another video, so I re-post it here)

    CNN lied. At least the fact was distorted by CNN.

    The Bureau of Broadcast of Television of China actually did NOT BAN time traveler for TV. The officials said that kind of TV were NOT ENCOURAGED. They also said that people need to think about and discuss about why there are some many similar TV play. What was BANNED is the adaptions of the Four Chinese Classic Novels THIS YEAR because there have had too many adaptions these years.

    After the successes of some 'time-traveler" TV (some of them were good) recent years, a lot of stupid TV about "time-traveler" have been or are being produced. Many of them just have very similar slots. For example. in three time-traveler stories this year, the same emperor of Chinese history fell in love with a time-traveler. How stupid they are!

    I already noticed several times that CNN reported distorted/misleading news about China. (Of course NOT all CNN news are fake, I have to say) I don't know how long CNN will still fool people and how many more people will be misled.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  525. RX

    Hey Chinese government, you are a bunch of idiots, no one really cares about a ridiculous law like this and the general public probably won't either. I really hope this is BS.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:48 am |
  526. minhduc7

    In Chinese literature, there is a novel telling the story of a monk, a monkey, a pig and another man going to the West, somewhere near India, to get the Buddhist sutras to bring back to China. This novel is full of fighting between the monkey, the pig and the devils. Isn't it bizarre plot or not? But several generations of Chinese children read it for hundreds years. Should this novel be banned too?

    April 16, 2011 at 5:24 am |
  527. Chen Shu

    As a PRC, I can say that this piece of news is fake. China still has got a lots of dramas in that topic and ppl can watch them on TV. Please do research first before writing the news.As a journalist and word famous newspaper, it is a fundamental responsibility to present to the public the TRUTH!!!

    April 16, 2011 at 6:00 am |
  528. Frank Robinson

    Chinese Communist Party frozen in TIME!

    April 16, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  529. DrGonzo

    I'm an American expat living in Shanghai. Considering I just watched a TV program about a time-traveling genie, I'm pretty sure this article is just poorly researched hyperbole. Some "scoop", CNN. Who's your chief editor? It wouldn't be Joseph Goebbels or Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, would it ?

    April 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  530. Lai Yin Yat

    I found out from my daughter's school that there are a lot of parents don't allow their children to read fantasy and Sci-Fiction story books, namely Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings etc and those families are UK immigrants, and the local Aussies. Don't slander unpleasant comments on the Chinese, throw some dirt over at the white Pomps and local Aussies .... screw the yanks.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  531. bill johnson

    Cracking down on dissent is a national pastime for them.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  532. Liu Shiyi

    I'm a chinese, I randomly read this news...
    Oh my god... You americans got it totally wrong!
    The fact is, some dramas changed history or famous ancient novals too much, to make the story more attractive.
    If the goverment don't ban these dramas, TV will swamped with these poor dramas....
    Government didn't ban on time-travel movies, has nothing to do with science fiction or sth else...

    Sorry, my english is poor...

    April 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  533. chinesedr

    it does not matter at all because who is going to theater watch that old movie anyways. the person wrote this probably got paid by the movie makers. We have p2ps which means we can watch movies for free and Chinese government cant do a thing about it. it is not a news dont make a big deal out of it.

    April 17, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  534. DEEJ

    Censors, here's a clue – time travel is impossible.

    April 17, 2011 at 3:33 am |
  535. Tol Trunks

    Although unrelated, China is banning things that are vaguely related to bibical references that are occurring.

    April 17, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  536. Chinese.xigua

    This CNN news is misleading. After read "New guidelines issued on March 31" in Chinese, I realized that the main idea is to protect the traditional Chinese mythology from being misinterpreted in media. I personally support this policy.

    April 17, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  537. spurny

    I am from HK and so is this reporter. I dont think this reporter is good at Mandrian, which is quite different with HK local language (cantonese)..This reporter misunderstood a LOT of things here..what does 'BAN' mean? I just finish watching a time-travel sitcom on BeijingTV:]

    April 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  538. what the h*ll

    Stupid is as stupid does, the great thing about the Chinese government is that they are so worried about controlling what the intelligent people do or say, that they wont realize it when they are overthrown, they will be too busy screening movies.. what a bunch of morons...

    April 18, 2011 at 3:37 am |
  539. Tong

    I m from China and, unlike the ignorant author, I can actually read the New guidelines in Chinese. The intention of the guidelines is to ptotect well-known myth stories from being rewrited, rather than forbidding time travel fiction of any form anywhere in China.... Please Stop saying that [“Back to the Future” and the “Terminator” series are now forbidden?] ..it has nothing to do with Terminator series.... To make it easier to understand, it tries to forbid story like you travel back to meet Jesus and have sex with him.. then you have 2 children who then marry each other....Can American fans accept story of this kind? I doubt !

    April 18, 2011 at 5:11 am |
  540. HK guy

    I doubt whether the news is true. If it is, the Chinese Government should ban a Japanese Cartoon – Doreamon!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  541. HK guy

    It is no wonder the CNN distorted the truth. CNN is always anti-communist.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  542. ThatsNotTrue:[

    The ban is on the 4 classics in China, which are by the way way better than the so called "american" classics. The producers, some are twisting it to mock it or to just make money.
    FACT: The four claasic novels is china is = to the west's shakespear
    So I ask you random misinformed blogger, would you want to see Macbeth or since this is american news, The Great Gastby ruined?????
    Talk to somene who could acctually talk in chinese first will you?
    China don't buy into "hollywood" as much of the world, we have our own actors, and a longer, way longer history.
    & for the randoms that are saying people are being paid to comment positivily or just anti china, GO TO CHINA AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF AT LEAST OUR GOVERNMENT ISN'T MAKING EPOEPLE POORER AND MAKING LAWS BASED ON 1 SINGLE RELIGON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ps. Yes I'm chinese, but I've lived in canada for over half my life, so stop being ignorant fools & learn facts before going ani cummisim....which was what your government taught you.
    By the way I want the 1-2 trillion dollars the US own China back, NOW

    April 19, 2011 at 1:07 am |
  543. guozi

    Guys, traditional history is distorted all the time
    Most palace dramas aren't even remotely accurate to begin with, time travel or not
    It's just TV guys, don't defend stupid policies

    April 19, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  544. chinese

    i really can't hold myself to say so many american like a frog which sit in bottom of well,no denying, there are so many wise and great people in U S A.mao zhe dong said you want to kown a pear's taste you need to taste.never think people are stupid in other country,if you do,you are absolue stupid!this news is false.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  545. nanking

    i think this is a significant movement as more and more chinese are losting their common sense of the history .
    and the guy names "chinese",how much does gov pay you? 5coins?

    April 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  546. nanking

    anti communism is cool, even chinese themselves are more likely to choose capitalism if the have chance.

    April 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  547. ThatsNotTrue:[

    Guys, traditional history is distorted all the time
    Most palace dramas aren't even remotely accurate to begin with, time travel or not
    It's just TV guys, don't defend stupid policies

    To guozi, the difference is that China actually have history..so we don't like to see it being mocked or used to make money, history is to educate people and if the media don't do it properly such as in the classic for kids, journey to west if it's twisted such as boyfriend girlfriend relationships WHEN THEY ARE MONKS. Then we have something to say about that, & even though I'm a teenager, I've seen the golden version and two too many mock version of a classic tale known by all of china.
    YES modifications can be made to the classics but there is always a good or bad way,
    To americans TV= entertainment
    To chinses TV= another education outlet
    You can complain about the cartoons all you want though, some of them are TOO educational. :) ^.^ :]

    April 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  548. ey-hole

    aren't they also going to ban those 3d animation recreation of news events that is purely made-up fantasy and hullabaloo?

    April 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  549. David Buchner

    Can I be the first to say the Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that time travel is impossible?

    Or did somebody beat me to it?

    April 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  550. handy

    only stupid American journalists publish the news. they know nothing about China and Chinese.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  551. lolwut

    They'll ban any form of entertainment next

    April 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  552. kunchok

    Look what is happening in Tibet rite now. No freedom of religious at all. Instead of monk in a Kirtit Monstry there is police with armed force all around. Killings and torturing are still going on with monks and the local tibetan people who are seeking for freedom of language and religion. For the Chinese government doesn't know the meaning of life. Really poor..... dicatatorship. US government shouldn't ignore this kind of situation. Would took over us too. US citizen.

    April 23, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  553. Comrades good

    American friends don't seem to understand China

    April 23, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  554. MERLINTH

    Creating questionable policies lacking thinking that contain elements of "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, myth, superstitions and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and that have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history are not just the lone preserve of the film industry -_-

    April 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  555. ThatsNotTrue:[

    Look what is happening in Tibet rite now. No freedom of religious at all. Instead of monk in a Kirtit Monstry there is police with armed force all around. Killings and torturing are still going on with monks and the local tibetan people who are seeking for freedom of language and religion. For the Chinese government doesn't know the meaning of life. Really poor..... dicatatorship. US government shouldn't ignore this kind of situation. Would took over us too. US citizen.

    Please look at US invasion of Iraq, Iran and now Lybia.....you've never been there and the US should butt out, tibet history wise like taiwen have always been a part of china. & what kind of TV do you watch? super propaganda I'm guessing, china is a buddist/taoism/atheist society.....why would we kill them, they are allowed to practice their religon, but religon isn't law....like it is unfortunately in the US....there is freedom of religon, but the freedom of trying to conform eveyone you see isn't a freedom. You must be some untra conservative christian or something if you're talking about things with no facts. *sigh* I feel really sorry for people like you, anyone who knows history rather than making things up knows you're lying.....let see...only studied amerrican history properly heh?

    April 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  556. A CHINESE

    chinese guang dong province goverment block alomst all political programme and even many everyday news aired by HK TV channel ,because i lived in guang dong province ,i knew they did it ,nowadays,many well educated chinese like me don't watch the chinese TV channel anymore,we like to watch TV channel from HK ,but the dictatorship regime censors nearly everything.yes ,it's very bad to be a chinese ,even nowadays we have TV,washing machine,even a car,but ,what we don't have is freedom

    April 26, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  557. A CHINESE

    at first (1990's) ,chinese guang dong provice goverment did not allow anyone to install a cable TV antenna,and threat anyone offend it would be throw into prison,(that way peolple lived in guang dong province can receive signal form HK ),but every family ignored the warning and installed one at that time , they knew they can't control people in this way,then they think of a better idea,provide cable TV(HK TC channel is included) to every family ,the signal is more clear,the picture is more vivid with no blur,and they can charge money ,most important of all,they can block the signal any time they want ,in fact ,now they are hiring some people to do it ,when there a programme they dont want us to see,they just use another programme recorded before to block it ,so some travel programme became their favorit ,the aired those travel programme again and again ,if you watch HK TV channel in guang dong province ,first time ,you might not be able to notice it,but if you watch same HK TV channel for a week ,you wil find out ,the government is trying to fool us all .

    April 26, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  558. AsianTVfan

    I'm trying to think of two recent tv shows that had time travel and WERE asian... maybe it would give a better perspective on the matter then back to the future

    The only I can think of are japanese and chinese.. the first one is phenomenal and is called JIN . it's a 18 episodes serie about a doctor who slip back through time and comes back in Japan in 1861... just before the meiji era which will lead to the modernization of Japan. in kimono, he re-create pennicilin before it's invention, save people from tuberculosis, etc..

    The second one I can think of if Palace Jade lock heart... a mainland china tv show (with a endless number of episode... more then 36 I think) about a girl who slip back in time during the Qing dynasty and get mingled emotionally between two princes.. in short a teenage chinese fairy tale.

    If you'd like to watch those, just find them in google, they're pretty easy to find with subtitles. As a foreigner, I hardly see what's wrong with these two tv shows that could be subversive. Maybe I missed the problematic tv show ?

    April 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  559. Dave UK

    Sounds like something got overblown and misrepresented. I'm with the actual native Chinese speakers and population on this, and they've explained it pretty well already. No serious messing with their classics, seems pretty simple and obvious to me.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  560. OregonTom

    When are the Chinese people going to say enough is enough? Communist China has only been around since WW2. Communism is only a tiny part of your history China. It is time for you to take your country and culture back.

    April 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  561. ThatsNotTrue:[

    When are the Chinese people going to say enough is enough? Communist China has only been around since WW2. Communism is only a tiny part of your history China. It is time for you to take your country and culture back.

    LOL, We have our culture and history...it survived for over 5000 years and if you went to China, you see it. Unlike America where the culture is the family guy's opening song.....so sad. & Is the communist party the only argument you people can come up with seriously. You, like most people commenting are using events that happened 50 years ago(Mao, Tian men etc)...or this...while ignoring what America have done in creating itself (Killing natives, african slaves, etc).....and I bet you never read a book about china's history and culture and are commenting on it.
    How do I know this. Fact: The southern states in America only teaches creationism and Fact: Arzona banned ethic studies at the begining of this year. How do I know, did an essay about eurocentric education even though it was suppose to be focused on Canada...since I live here and all....ended up doing it on the US.
    Please people who are going to comment after me, look up on China's history and culture before commenting....otherwise, you sound ignorant to people who knows what's going on.
    And to A Chinese.....are you an American posing as a Chinese person, lol, I went back to China multiple times and few TV shows were censored, and if they were that's because we don't want kids watching AVs which.....is unfortunately a lot of American TV, live in Canada so seen the M rated things that are on public TV.
    &&& People stop using the same illogical argument, geez, I'm a teenager and I've crushed so many people's arguments with this one post....shows you how smart some people really are, you can't use old facts in new arguments...you need current facts or events.
    &&& STOP BLAMING COMMUNISIM FOR EVERYTHING, JUST LOOKED AT HOW THE "DEMOCRATIC" AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WORKED OUT, BOTH PARTIES HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDAS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE. EVERY GOVERNMENT HAVE IT'S FLAWS....AND SOME PEOPLE HERE ARE STUCK IN THE 1950s OR SOMETHING WITH THE "RED SCARE" WHICH IS INSTALLED INTO YOUR MIND BY THE GOVERNEMENT SO YOU WOULDN'T SEE THEIR FLAWS. WAKE UP PEOPLE PLEASE, AND GIVE ME A DECENT AGRUMENT THAT I ACTUALLY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT INSTEAD OF THE SAME WORDS REPEATED EVERY FEW POSTS.(ps. to remind you again I'm a teenager...so this is really sad to have grown men and women lose an argument...and they say you get wiser as you get older...not in this case.)

    April 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  562. Blessed Geek

    The oldest continuous civilization in the world have no freedom of thought. Are given to the petty indiscretions of their "leaders". Are led by a ring in their nose or led by a leash like a dog. But the dog stays happy. As long as he has food.

    Yeah my dog likes doggie bones. "Here doggie dog, have a doggie bone biscuit."

    "Woof, woof, woof ...." My dog jumps up enthusiastically. Yes to him, STABILITY is everything. Stability in having a doggie treat.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  563. jiaming

    They can ban all the movies that they want.. but to no avail.... dvd's of current movies will be pirated and delivered to China in no time at all

    May 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
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    The oldest continuous civilization in the world have no freedom of thought. Are given to the petty indiscretions of their "leaders". Are led by a ring in their nose or led by a leash like a dog. But the dog stays happy. As long as he has food.

    Yeah my dog likes doggie bones. "Here doggie dog, have a doggie bone biscuit."

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    One word, brainwashed.....soooo....this is American mentality....like my arguments before, no facts other then what CNN tells you, and can't accept that the economy's going down the drain instead of working harder, you insult the people who have history, culture and more knowledge you'll have in ten life times. Simple mathematics, 5000 > 300- 400. &&& With the many things going in America. Do you really think you have freedom????? (airport body searches, government tracking your, hey they got the tech for it!!!! and only seeing bias news so your opnion is dumbed down and with the masses)The dog refered to by Blessed Geek would have to be the masses to the corporations in America. At least in China, you an get a decent unreligous and varied education, the corporations does not control all...though there are corruption on various levels, at least the government targets them....unlike in the US.
    The American Dream: The more CORRUPT and GREEDY you are the more you have, the rest of the masses, try to SURVIVE.
    &&& To Blessed Geek, at least we haven't lost our traditions and values, where in the US, it's all about "sex and drugs on tv" and freedom of every kind have it's limitations like Plato once said democracy is only for the well informed or something like that because of the death of his teacher because he said to question everything including the government caused by fools who stood behind their "democratic government." &&& You sir, are not well informed if you believe this would happen becuse of government fears....why not talk about how the US government is surpresssing Wikileaks, isn't that the same thing, freedom of speech vs stability. Plato was right, people who think they have the most freedom are living in a cave, a variation of the allegory of the cave theory. If you read my other posts, you know what's really going on. &&& If you really are a geek, you know who Plato was, believing in pulp fiction rather than real facts. IS THIS WHAT THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA BECOME?????????????? INSULTING OTHER PEOPLE AS IF YOU KNOW THEM AND ALL THE FACTS, WHEN IT'S CLEAR THAT SOME PEOPLE KNOW NOTHING AND STILL ISN'T GIVING A DECENT ARGUMENT. AN INSULT IS A FALLACY (FALSE LOGIC) THAT ONLY TICKS MORE PEOPLE OFF, INSULTING THE CIVILIZATION INSTEAD OF GIVING A REAL FACT...........................SO SAD, YOU QUESTION PEOPLE HALF WAY ACROSS THE WORLD'S GOVERNMENT ON NON RELATIVE MATTERS, IN THE END IT'S JUST ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT NOT ON YOUR OWN ON THE MILITARY BUDGET, HIGHEST SINCE WWII, NEARING A TRILLION OR MORE DOLLARS. THE NATIONAL DEBT, 14 TRILLION. HEALTH CARE, MULTIPLE WARS...................IF ALL YOU CAN DO IS POINT AT OTHER PEOPLE, YOU HAVE THREE FINGERS POINTING AT YOU....SO IN THE END, THE US AND THE SMALL POPULATION OF IGNORANT CITIZENS WHO SPEAK MORE THAN THE MASSES, IS THE FALL OF AMERICA.....SEE THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE AND WORDS REPRESENTING THE US...THAT'S WHY SOO MANY COUNTRIES AND PEOPLE HAVE "ANTI AMERICAN SETIMENT"..........INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT YOUR OWN FLAWS, YOU POINT AT OTHER PEOPLE, SAY SOMETHING THAT'S NOT TRUE, THEN INSULT THEM BECAUSE YOU BELIEVED WHAT YOU SAID.........TEENAGE DRAMA ANYONE?

    May 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  566. Chinese

    The CNN report easy to mislead the reader, the author possibly cannot correct understanding this policy. The Chinese government forbids to put on the this opera is mainly because the present anthology is involves the history to raise the material, twists the history seriously, does not respect to the history. as a chinesre, i am support this policy very much.

    BTW, this CNN author, please make clear and exactly understand before you write next time.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  567. Lynnette Winrow

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  568. Stop MISLEADING ignorant people!!

    To those who couldn't understand the banning,
    I strongly suggest all of you take a look on those terrible time travel TV series!! No, they are not terrible, they are awful!!
    I belive most Chinese people will agree on this policy because we are fed up with rubbish TV series. We want to see creative ones, not boring ones. And time travel TV series are the worst of all.

    So just stop misleading other people outside China because it's not a stupid policy at all. What stupid is those who want to make a fuss over this news and those who report this news in an annoying way! Just as I'm fed up with rubbish TV series, I'm also fed up with rubbish CNN news!!

    May 8, 2011 at 11:03 am |
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    I don't understand what they mean about disrespecting and GOING AGAINST the traditions and heritage excuse in an obvious FICTIONAL show. They should know what the word fiction means since its what they tell their people everyday about the "outside world". If having an Emperor is so important, then how come they overthrew the 2000 year old tradition/heritage and went communist.
    Oh! they (government) probably just doesn't want anyone to have an idea of; what if we weren't communist? Or maybe having an imagination will be banned as well. There are people here that complained about the plot,story,accuracy, etc.... of the show/movie is bad, THEN DON'T WATCH IT-YOU IDIOTS, why would anyone spend 1 hour a day staring at something that supposedly you hate. UNLESS, the chinese government already banned all other channels and now you are just stuck watching 1 government run channel.
    I'm pretty sure that there is a huge demand for this type of genre or they wouldn't have so many viewers and productions or commercials (see youtube: 7UP viral time travel commercial). Being able to fly into the sky standing on a magical sword (see chinese paladin 3) is a lot more unrealistic than someone being able to travel through time(see quantum physics, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein). This comes back to that age old question: magic or science, which is more possible in a hundred or even a thousand years. This is why the chinese are good at copying technology, its because they are not allowed to come up with their own ideas, only other countries. Remember the downed surveillance airplane from a few years back that they refused to give back, only after they took it apart did they allow the US to retrieve it.
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  573. Heretic Zero

    First banning time travel on television and then banning investigative reporting will follow. Then when China writes its alternative book about history, no one will question it.

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  575. Anonymous

    China has banned Doctor Who, awesome! Go China! You see this is why Chinese people are so intelligent, their government bans the crap the is bewitching our children. All countries should do the same.

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