Hollywood Bows Before Growing Chinese Box Office Might, Experts Say
Is Hollywood really that afraid of China?
MGM, fearing financial retribution from the Chinese distribution market, has digitally altered the final cut of its remake of the 1984 Cold War cult classic “Red Dawn” to feature villains of North Korean descent, instead of Chinese.
With the Chinese market poised to provide even more lucrative international returns for American films in the coming years, offending the Chinese government and audiences made film distributors jittery, according to the Los Angeles Times.
So for less than $1 million, through the magic of digital technology, the studio has been able to convert most of the Chinese bad guys to North Koreans.