China announced, through the Global Times, a media controlled by the Chinese regime, the release in Hong Kong of the propaganda film “The Battle at Changjin Lake.” The announcement came two weeks after it imposed a ban on all films considered a threat to national security interests, which is the same as saying: contrary to the interests of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Even in Buddhist temples, monks are obliged to watch it.
As reported by Breitbart, the CCP has its propaganda apparatus promoting the film to be released on Thursday, both in Hong Kong and Macau. Many have questioned the quality of production and integrity of the story it tells.
The film, which aims to promote nationalism through pro-communist propaganda, shows Chinese soldiers defeating U.S. troops in a Korean War battle despite showing them at an arms disadvantage.
This less-than-credible version caused several Chinese to raise questions about the story’s accuracy, and they ended up paying, in some cases, a heavy price for their questioning.
The CCP not only took it upon itself to block any comments critical of the propaganda film production on the social networks under its control but even jailed some of the critics in China.
Hong Kong citizens could face the same fate, since, under the “National Security Law” imposed by the CCP on the island, in force since June 2020, anyone who goes against the interests of the CCP is classified as a security threat, accused of secession or subversion and tried under illegal or dubious legal proceedings.
South Koreans have been up in arms over inaccuracies depicted in the film and have taken it upon themselves to show their displeasure.
Seoul lawyer Han Ye-jung addressed the issue, saying, “China is very powerful economically and they are becoming more aggressive toward their neighbors, and it appears they think that power gives them the right to alter history. I think that [South] Korean people are angry and disappointed about this.”
The CCP further pressures all Chinese citizens to watch the film as “a patriotic duty,” even though its propaganda arm Global Times said that Hong Kongers were eager to see it in its editorial.
Even as Bitter Winter reported in a recent article, Buddhist temples in China increasingly impose pro-CCP propaganda on their monks as part of their compulsory studies.
The Tianjin Huasheng temple, for example, posted on its Wechat account that “to carry out in-depth education on Party history and promote the spirit of patriotism,” the temple was organizing the broadcast of the film of The Battle at Changjin Lake, to “revisit the dramatic history and deeply remember the revolutionary ancestors.”
Regarding the CCP’s imposition on monks to consume political propaganda, one of them told Bitter Winter:
“Party classes are supposed to be an activity that only Communist Party members need to attend. Compelling monks to take a Party movie class is something incestuous, making the temple look like a branch of the Communist Party.”