Many of those who read this blog will no doubt remember the original 1984 film "Red Dawn," written and directed by John Milius and starring Patrick Swayze and a young, pre-batshit crazy Charlie Sheen. In the film, the Soviets (that's the Russians, for you post Cold War youngsters) invade America and a group of red-blooded American high-school students form a guerrilla band to fight the commie occupiers in the Colorado Rockies. It's a Cold War classic and one of my favorite movies.
So naturally I was excited to hear they were remaking the film, this time with the Chinese communists as the foreign invaders in present times. Rather than fight the Red Menace (that's the commies, snotnose!) in Colorado, this time the young freedom fighters would fight them in Michigan which makes the name of the guerrilla unit make even more sense: "Wolverines."
After the film was shot, however, the studio fell into bankruptcy and the film sat on the shelf awaiting financing. Recently, according to the LA Times:
[P]otential distributors are nervous about becoming associated with the finished film, concerned that doing so would harm their ability to do business with the rising Asian superpower, one of the fastest-growing and potentially most lucrative markets for American movies, not to mention other U.S. products.Connecting a few more dots, James Wesley, Rawles at SurvivalBlog.com points out:
As a result, the filmmakers now are digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from "Red Dawn," substituting dialogue and altering the film to depict much of the invading force as being from North Korea, an isolated country where American media companies have no dollars at stake.
Producer Tripp Vinson was quoted as saying: "We were initially very reluctant to make any changes, but after careful consideration we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous 'Red Dawn' that we believe improves the movie". [...] Did MGM's "careful consideration" include the management reminding them that Sony now has a stake in the newly-reorganized MGM? And is it it just a coincidence that the Chinese government is now "co-investing" with Sony? I think not.So the Hollyweird film industry, which regularly throws itself huge gala events to celebrate its own relevance and "artistic integrity," was willing to bend over and redo their "work of art" for the sake of a fistful of Chinese yuan. Whores! Yet if the film was about a pedophilic abortion doctor on a spiritual journey to paganism, and some Christian investor asked them to change one frame of film, the whole damned town would rally around the project and decry the "small-minded fascist's" attempt to stifle their free speech.
And about making North Korea the villains who invade America: Come on! True, the Norks have a "million man army," but I'm betting that most of them would drown swimming across the Pacific to get over here since they have no airlift or sealift capability to speak of. The few that did make here alive would still only be armed with obsolete commie-shit equipment and could be easily picked off by American military personnel, National Guard units, local police, Boy Scout troops, fly fishermen, and gas station attendants.
The filmmakers tried to even the odds a bit by having America have recently gone through an economic collapse (definitely the most believable aspect of the film). Even if America's economy totally collapsed, our barter economy of .22 rimfire ammo and backyard zucchinis would still dwarf the nonexistent economy of North Korea.
China was a much more believable economic and military threat for the film, but the filmmakers pussed out and did the bidding of the nation that is this century's other "toughest kid on the block." So Hollyweirdos: "Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."