Why does China blanket ban all sex and violence from entertainment instead of creating a rating system like in other countries (Japan, Korea, America, Europe etc)?

I really don’t know.

The most common explanation given is that by banning all sex and violence from entertainment, that keeps Chinese society stable and safe and lowers the crime rate and thats why China is so safe.

But is that really the reason? Or is it more culture-related? Let’s look at the world map here

We can see from the statistics here that the violent crime rate does not seem to be related to whether a country has sex/violence banned in entertainment or not – Japan in fact has the world’s lowest violent crime rate and it even has legal pornography!

You can see that violent crime is first and foremost related to the economy – poor economic countries tend to have higher crime rates.

A lot of the safer countries – Canada, most of Europe, Australia, Korea, Japan – have rating systems for their entertainment and sex/violence in entertainment is not banned merely restricted.

So I am not totally sure why the CCP thinks censoring ALL sex/violence in entertainment is a good idea because like the link says – it hurts their entertainment industry and their ability to export their movies or games. Japan meanwhile – the largest video game exporting country in the world. Wonder why that is. Could it be because of all the sexy characters?


Why is mainland China’s entertainment bad and not good as Japan’s or Korea’s? Japan has anime while Korea has K-pop.

If I had a guess why China’s soft power isn’t as good as Korea’s or Japan’s its probably because:

  1. Unlike Korea and Japan, 50% of China’s population is still living in rural areas and ALOT of Chinese are still poor, poor enough to care more about economic growth than about exporting entertainment – in other words China has to become a developed country before they can export soft power
  2. China has a massive domestic market and doesn’t have as much need to appeal to foreigners like Japan and especially Korea does
  3. Government censorships limits the creativity. For example, a lot of the violent and sexual movies shown in Japan and Korea would be banned in China. One of the more popular movies (Lust, Caution 色,戒) made in China was actually heavily censored in China. These types of movies are commonplace in Japan/Korea but due to government censorship in China they can’t make these.

That said, China is getting better, slowly but surely taking many cues from Japan and Korea.

Chinese version of Korea’s Running Man

Chinese version of Korean drama “My Love from the stars”

SNH48, a Chinese sister group of Japan girl group AKB48

Give China a few years but its getting there.


If Korean music is popular in China/Taiwan, why isn’t Chinese music popular in Korea?

It should be pretty obvious why Chinese music and dramas aren’t as popular worldwide as Korean music/dramas; the CCP censors everything deemed too ‘creative’ and sexual, and China seems to turn a blind eye to fostering the entertainment industry in general.

I saw some kpop group on a video ad on the Seoul subway promoting the Seoul subway system, that’s government sponsored!! You would never see that in China! sexy dancing girls sponsored by the government, who knew?

One of the top selling pop artists in China is a boy band that talks about how great the harmony and stability the CCP brings and how great China is, it’s like something they would do in North Korea. That’s why China will never get an international audience, unless they change this. Of course so far it hasn’t needed to since China has a massive domestic market.