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You might wonder what the trailer for the fourth installment of the First Blood series would be doing on Political Games but it makes perfect sense. Rambo is entertainment exposing a very real and violent political situation in Burma. I just watched it On Demand and was very impressed because of how extreme and maybe how honest the violence was--to be honest the film wasn't the cheesefest I was expecting. I'm going to provide some quotes from Wiki on the movie which show what I mean in its relation to the real situation.

As for the film, all I can say is that I enjoyed it but it is not necessarily a good film. It is ultra-violent with no solutions except more violence, something I can't entirely agree with though I do believe aggression has to be met with force--it's just that you need to be clever about it and not rely on "brute force." Wars are won by strategy, not by guys with big muscles. That said, as far as Rambo goes, it does still feel good to see him slaughter truly bad "bad guys."

Selections from Wiki
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While filming near Myanmar, Stallone and the rest of the crew narrowly avoided being shot by the Burmese military. Stallone described Myanmar as a "hellhole." He said "we had shots fired above our heads" and that he "witnessed survivors with legs cut off and all kinds of land-mine injuries, maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off."

The Burmese military junta has ordered DVD vendors in Myanmar not to distribute the film due to the movie's content. Rambo is available on bootlegs however, and it is a great hit amongst the Karen Freedom Fighters and Burmese exiles critical of the Burmese military dictatorship. According to Karen Freedom Fighters, this movie gave them a great boost of morale. Burmese Freedom Fighters have even adopted dialogue from the movie (most notably "Live for nothing, or die for something") as rallying points and battle cries. "That, to me," said Sylvester Stallone, "is one of the proudest moments I've ever had in film." Also, overseas Burmese praise the movie for its vivid portrayal of the Burmese military's oppression of the Karen people.


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