Official Confident of Hollywood Ending in Foreign Film Boycott

Posted: May 30, 2011 in News

Personal note : Hopefully this is the start of the many good news we’ll hear. Keep your fingers crossed & keep on praying guys and girls.

By Elisabeth Oktofani | May 30, 2011

Indonesia’s despair over the lack of Hollywood blockbusters on the big screen may be over soon, according to a tourism official.

Ukus Kuswara, the director general for culture, arts and film at the Ministry of Tourism, said the government and the Motion Picture Association had negotiated a “win-win solution.”

“Let’s just say it’s not about the tax figure, but the mechanism for its imposition. There’s a difference in perception but that’s been sorted out now,” he told AFP without elaborating.

Personal note : Yeah right, it’s just a subtle way of saying that they’ve been negotiating for a “fair” share of the cut.

The dispute centers on Indonesia’s new system of calculating and charging royalties on imported films, which the MPA said had “a detrimental impact on the cost of bringing a film into Indonesia.”

When asked to clarify, Ukus said the ministry wanted US box-office hits — which made up more than half of all movies screened in Indonesia before the boycott began in February — to return as soo n as possible, largely due to the detrimental impact the boycott has had on the cinema industry.

“I have been monitoring the films [being shown] and cinema visitors, and it’s sad to see theaters empty,” he said.

Personal note: And you’ve only realized it now? Started to feel the lack of money coming to your bank account huh?

While the Directorate General of Customs and Excise has been resolute about implementing the new royalty computation, the Ministry of Tourism has always maintained that the government is open to negotiations with film importers.

Ukus said that while it was the government’s right to impose taxes and duties, “we need a way of determining import duties that everyone agrees to. We will have one more meeting with the Ministry of Finance [on Monday] regarding the tax scheme,” he said. “Hopefully, in the next one or two weeks, importers can resume bringing in box-office hits to Indonesia.”

Personal note: where everyone wins and get a FAIR SHARE OF THE CUT huh? nice

Since the MPA stopped distributing films to Indonesia, everyone has been losing except the sellers of pirated DVDs.

“Customers are looking for titles like ‘Fast Five,’ ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Thor’ because they can’t watch them in the cinema,” said Yani, who sells pirated DVDs. “They complain my videos are low quality and they wouldn’t watch them if they had a choice. But I can’t complain, business is good.”

She said sales had jumped 50 percent since the MPA boycott.

Personal note: Like duh

Cinemas, which have been trying to fill the gap with local fare and B-grade foreign films dug out of the rejects bin, are almost empty.

Djonny Sjafruddin, the head of the Indonesian Cinema Companies Union (GPBSI), which represents 240 cinemas nationwide, had earlier said that the foreign film distribution boycott had caused a 60 percent drop in the local cinema industry’s income nationwide.

Worse may be yet to come, with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” also likely to be axed, Djonny added.

But if the issue is indeed resolved in the next one or two weeks, as Usuk said, Potter fans might not have to fly to Singapore to see the much-awaited conclusion of the blockbuster series.

Personal note: Again, keep your fingers crossed and keep on praying guys & girls. Posting your concerns in twitter, FB and putting a twibbon on your profile pic wouldn’t hurt either. The more concerned we are, the more likely they’ll worry this gets even bigger

Additional reporting by AFP

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Comments
  1. B says:

    Hopefully this is not some b***s**t talk from the Directors, as what most politician there always do all the time. Bring back the movies, and we’ll give you you g**d**n money back!
    Take it away, and you could lose more than 60% of cinema, especially now that it’s so close to one of the most anticipated sequel of the year, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

    • Whoa, slow down dude, chill. I’m furious and honestly, quite skeptical too. But, let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best. Yup, unfortunately those greedy tax officials never thought about long term plans. They just want quick, big money, now. What happens to the country’s movie industry is not their problem. Oh btw, while you’re at it, could you please join us in emailing the MPA and the tax organizations abroad? The post’s here : http://indonesianmoviecrisis.org/2011/06/03/let-the-action-begin/

  2. B says:

    What I’m saying is, please RESOLVE this quickly.

  3. j says:

    Fuck it, I still miss “transformers : dark moon” on theaters anyway

    Curse you fuckin goverment

    Devil curse you and your kids and grandkids and all

    Fuck you to death

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