Red Dawn II Quietly Gets Pussified

Reel China: Hollywood tries to stay on China’s good side

Without Beijing even uttering a critical word, MGM is changing the villains in its ‘Red Dawn’ remake from Chinese to North Korean. It’s all about maintaining access to the Asian superpower’s lucrative box office.

By Ben Fritz and John Horn, Los Angeles Times

China has become such an important market for U.S. entertainment companies that one studio has taken the extraordinary step of digitally altering a film to excise bad guys from the Communist nation lest the leadership in Beijing be offended.

When MGM decided a few years ago to remake “Red Dawn,” a 1984 Cold War drama about a bunch of American farm kids repelling a Soviet invasion, the studio needed new villains, since the U.S.S.R. had collapsed in 1991. The producers substituted Chinese aggressors for the Soviets and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009.

But potential 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.

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.

The changes illustrate just how much sway China’s government has in the global entertainment industry, even without uttering a word of official protest. Although it’s unclear if anyone in China has seen “Red Dawn,” a leaked version of the script last year resulted in critical editorials in the Global Times, a communist party-controlled paper.


In the last few weeks, MGM has begun showing “Red Dawn” to potential buyers at other studios. Several people who have seen the movie but requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record said they couldn’t risk distributing it given the potential blowback in China.


People close to the picture said the changes will cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story’s fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean. It’s impossible to eliminate all references to China, the people said, though the changes will give North Korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the U.S.


“Red Dawn” is not the only piece of entertainment to swap out Chinese villains for North Koreans recently. The video game “Homefront,” which was released this week and features a script by John Milius, writer of the original “Red Dawn,” was also originally intended to feature a Chinese invasion. For business reasons, publisher THQ changed the occupying forces to North Korea.

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8 Comments on “Red Dawn II Quietly Gets Pussified”

  1. PB-in-AL Says:

    Considering that this is another Hollywood cop-out: rehashing and older successful movie, I’m not surprised. My expectations for it were already pretty low, this clinches it: this movie is a no-go.

  2. islams not for me Says:

    Although the markers of RD2 have changed things in thier movie a similar concept has already come out on PS3, XBOX 360 etc…

    Homefront (video game)

    “Homefront is set in a near future America in 2027 when a nuclear-armed Korean People’s Army invades the USA. The game is written by John Milius, who co-wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote/directed Red Dawn. The beginning gameplay is reportedly set in Montrose, Colorado.[5]”

  3. tgusa Says:

    What, no salsa? Sounds like this movie has the same credibility as the original movie, that’s right, none. In 84 I had already figured out what was really going on. Movies like this, Star wars etc were an attempt to bring people like me back to the theater after a decade of Vietnam Vet bashing, it didn’t work. The Vietnam war changed the country and the people in more ways than are being discussed today. Today, more often than not I view movies from that era and I have to say, how ghey!

    But…reality is out there. Did you know that while the cold war raged and the USSR was equipping the NVA you could go down to the docks and watch the CCCP containers coming ashore in large numbers? That’s right, same difference, different decade. The unnerving part was watching it all go down while much of the country was being distracted by what I now refer to as the counter American cultural edutainment media. Nothing but the rearrangement of players has changed except of course that today I don’t feel quite so alone, oh and today the US leftists have come completely out of the closet.

    Besides, the 91 Gulf War kind of put to rest the myth of soviet arms being capable of attacking and beating American arms woun’t ya say? The Hispanic communists, still out there but pretty much unchanged from that era. I’m beginning to think that some people have a built in progress debilitator. Fortunately, many Americans have an ignorance switch that is easily flicked.

    Latin commies with soviet weapons being victorious, I suppose its possible but of course I don’t know that much about Colorado, (actually that’s a lie, I do know a little bit) back then Co lefties were screaming, don’t Californiate Colorado (those were the days when CA was the 7th largest economy in the world, btw)! Hey lefties, you won, how does it feel? So its a redux of a period piece that is disconnected from reality, what a dang surprise! I have to wonder, what’d they do to make the rocky mountain lefties angry, start logging, drilling for oil, perhaps farming or something?

    Looking back, it appears that there were a lot of parts left out of the original. I have to believe that DC leftists conspired to assist in the invasion. But of course that was not in the movie.

  4. tgusa Says:

    Funny, in a sickening sort of way, how right now China is having internal problems with disgruntled citizens who are disappearing into thin air all around the country. The Chinese rebel lacks two things, they have few guns and as we can see they have even fewer friends. Where is the flying tiger when the dragon needs its help? Preparing for attack from North Korea. Have you ever seen North Korea via satellite at night? Theres like one light bulb in the entire country, ok maybe two.

  5. tgusa Says:

    I hear they might do a remake of Back to the Future only this time instead of maniacal Libyan islamists as the antagonists it will be tea partiers.

  6. B2 Says:

    Wow Red China tells MGM to whitewash the film to suit their tastes, and MGM says yes master. This stinks. Wow MGM this is some bad publicity that you did not need. So MGM is changing the villians to the north koreans..huh.. talk about killing the buzz or hype this film might have generated. China invading along with the Russians in support made at least a plausible story, but the north koreans..puh leeze.
    north korea would be blasted into dust before they could manage to even coordinate an offensive. also NK has no blue water navy. so how does NK manage to get millions of its soldiers to the US, how did they get by south korea and japan. Plotwise this film will now be a disaster. Unless its changed up where the Russians provide the naval and air force to transport the NK to the US. Wow MGM you have your work cut out for you. It would be better for MGM to just release the film like it is in the states, and release the “love Red China killer korean” version in China.

  7. Trevor Says:

    I think we may be jumping the gun on this.
    Ok since they cant remove all references to China
    in the film, that means that China is still part
    of the coalition that invades the US. With all the
    editing north koreans will just have more screen time. I guess the north koreans will be to the Chinese what the cubans were to soviets in the original?? The Russians are also part of the coalition in the remake as Russian special forces.
    If China is still part of the coalition the film will still have some sense of credibility, this may help the film at the boxoffice.

  8. Joe Kerr Says:

    Reminds me of what CBS did with the TV Series JERICHO in the short Season 2 where the villians turned out to be evil white American right wingers who manipulated poor terrorists into nuking a couple of dozen US cities. There was a guy resembling a younger George Bush (who falsely framed Iran/North Korea and had them nuked out of existence), a bald guy who was supposed to be Cheney, a black woman who was supposed to be Condoleeza Rice and a black good guy (who was manipulated by Cheney Guy and Condi Rice Girl and was probably supposed to be Colin Powell). It was complete with evil contractors resembling Blackwater USA who went around shooting deaf country girls) and US soldiers siding up with George Bush Guy and acting like oppressors setting up a version of Abu Graib on a local Pig Farm.

    Lefties in Hollyweird are always up to no good.

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