《Beijing Places Sweeping Ban on Shows, Movies Depicting Ancient China》（The Epoch Times）
Insiders say Communist Party has banned broadcast of historical dramas through June
Though long a staple of modern Chinese entertainment, television shows and movies set in the imperial past are now being targeted by communist Chinese authorities. Popular period dramas have been disappearing from TV channels, streaming sites, and cinemas in what seems to be an unannounced crackdown.
In January, state media ran criticisms of historical dramas, saying they distorted history. Insiders and observers speculate that the ban has much to do with ideological concerns and conflicts within the industry.
Chinese media reported that the national regulators of film and television have imposed severe restrictions on the production and distribution of historical dramas, according to people working in the entertainment business. One actor said the ban is driven by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) efforts to get bigger audiences for its “red” films and shows that exhibit communist values.
According to the reports, the current restrictions—which have affected shows with themes involving history, martial arts, fantasy, mythology, and court intrigue—will remain in place until the end of June.
据报道，目前的限制 – 影响了历史，武术，幻想，神话和宫廷阴谋等主题的节目 – 将一直持续到6月底。
All scheduled programming must be swapped for politically approved shows, and those already distributed must be removed, according to the instructions.
The CCP-controlled Beijing Daily published a commentary on Jan. 25 that criticized the popular drama “Story of Yanxi Palace.” Set in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, the 70-episode TV series depicts the life and struggles of one of Qianlong’s concubines.
While “Story of Yanxi Palace” was an immense hit, it was “unhealthy” due to its “negative impacts,” according to the Beijing Daily’s commentary. These included promotion of the imperial lifestyle, damaging “social ecology” by glamorizing court intrigue, “slighting the current leadership by glorifying the emperor,” promoting luxury and extravagance, and “single-minded pursuit of commercial interests.”
Another drama affected by the shift includes the 50-episode “Empress Dugu,” which first aired on Feb. 11, but is set to be removed from broadcasts and online streaming by March 25, according to the show’s producer. Other current and upcoming shows affected by the restrictions include “New Legend of Madame White Snake,” “My Poseidon,” “Novoland: Eagle Flag,” “Chenqing Order,” and dozens of other titles.