China's Ten Years Addresses Censorship While Gaining Audience Praise

By: Jana Pijak - Jun 16, 2016
References: bbc & chinafilminsider
'Ten Years' is a Chinese dystopian film that recently garnered the Best Film title at the 35th annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Released last year, the horror drama sparked mass criticism after confronting a theme that hit too close to home for many -- censorship in the media and online.

Despite of it booming economy and recent obsession with social media platforms that let users live-stream content to the public, China continues to censor mainstream websites like Facebook and others while monitoring citizens' web activity. Depicting a "dystopian future where Hong Kong is fully under Beijing's influence and control," this film brings an apocalyptic storyline to life and has been a hit among moviegoers praising its rebellious message -- despite of criticism from government-endorsed media outlets.

Fusing real social issues with controversy, Ten Years will resonate with China's young generation of tech natives whose obsession with social media is often limited by strict censorship laws.