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I have just heard, 2 days ago, a new tax policy had been established by the tax and custom department.
They are raising the tax for imported movies under a reason to protect Indonesian movies, which I consider as a total bullshit.
I don’t know how much the tax is, but I do know that Motion Picture Association (MPA) refused to send their movies to Indonesia. They said that no other country applied that kind of tax on their movies. Their refusal is their way of protest toward Indonesian government.
I don’t know whether what MPA said is true or not because Kompas.com said that Thailand used per meter tax for each movie, the tax is $1/meter…that means each movie will have to pay $3000, 30 times more expensive than what they have to pay for Indonesia which is only $100
If what Kompas said is true, then I don’t know why MPA refuse to send their movies.
I don’t want to talk about which one is right and which one is wrong because i honestly don’t know and I don’t want to act as if I know better than the rest of people in Indonesia. What I want to talk in here are how sucks my life will be from now on and how intolerant our government is.
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All 4 movies are Indonesian,out of those 4, only 2 movies are okay to watch (but still, SO NOT MY KIND OF MOVIES). Tebus (Redeem) and Rumah Tanpa Jendela (House Without Window) can be a good watch…but the other 2 are horrible!!
Pocong Ngesot (Crawling Zombie)…what the hell??? I love horror flicks but not that kind of stupid horror flick! Pocong Ngesot is one of hundreds stupid horror flicks in Indonesia. Do the government really want us to watch this silly movies all the time?
Silly semi-porn horror flicks: Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan (Mentruation Puncak ghost), Tali pocong Perawan (Virgin Pocong Rope), Suster Ngesot (crawling nurse)…and many stupid titles with stupid storyline.
Cewek Saweran (a girl who sing and dance and then men will give her money). I don’t want to watch this one even though I was being paid by someone.
I admit that there are SOME great Indonesian movies that show up once in a while…but that’s really not enough!!
Why is it not enough? Because I am a big fan of sci-fi and action movies…none of the Indonesian Movies nowadays can fulfill my hunger for good sci-fi & action movies.
I don’t know what the government was thinking when they made the tax-policy but they sure aren’t thinking about their people! I’m not talking about movie lovers like me because I can still find a way to watch movies from both legal and illegal ways (I’ll talk about this later in the end of this post),I’m talking about the people who work in Cinema.
The Cinema across the country (or more likely across the big cities) will lose at least 80% of their regular visitors, me and a lot of my friends are amongst the one who will never visit cinema anymore if this matter continues. And losing costumer will lead to one thing,one crucial thing! The bankruptcy of those cinemas, and that will lead to a devastating result where a lot of people will lose their job. and let me tell you that IT’S SO HARD TO FIND A JOB HERE!
This man has the same thought as mine, I quote this comment from Edi S Sidartha in that Kompas article
This is the stupidest tax u have ever heard. It is more like a typical dutch colonial tax that we used to have long time ago. we ain’t surprise though with this new gayus tax as the Indonesian tax office had always been misclassifying luxurious tax on imported goods that we need to provide jobs and building our industry. Movie theaters and film importers provide 20,000 jobs but sadly and inevitably soon these people are gonna be jobless and may not be able to feed their family members. This will add also to our unemployment figure that has reached 40% already. Moreover, the government will also incur losses on their revenue from the existing corporate tax from movie theaters, imported taxes from film importer and value added taxes on Indian, Chinese, European and Hollywood movies. It will also create illegal DVD which will reduce our bargaining power to negotiate our trade strategy and getting access for our goods in foreign market. This is the stupidest movie tax on earth and this stupidest Indonesian tax on foreign films should be revoked rite now.
As that man already said…foreign movie lovers, such as me, will turn mostly to illegal way of watching movies. I’m not going to say that I’m 100% clear from watching pirate DVDs but at least I still go to cinema to watch movies in legal way…but now, illegal way is the only solution, either buying pirate DVDs or download some movie files. Buying an original DVD is very expensive, for someone with only $200 for salary…buying $10 DVD is really heavy. That’s why I only bought original DVDs when I know I will watch that movie over and over and over again (Such as The Matrix, The Lord of The Rings, Sunshine,etc).
Even though pirate DVDs are way cheaper than cinema ticket but it could never replace the fun of watching movies in cinema, especially when the movies are like Inception, The Lord of The Rings, District 9,etc.
Fortunately, these movies are still around : 22 BULLETS; ALTITUDE; THE FIGHTER; THE GREEN HORNET; THE HOLE; THE KING`S SPEECH; THE MECHANIC; THE NEXT THREE DAYS; NO STRINGS ATTACHED; SHAOLIN.
I am going to watch The King’s Speech tomorrow 🙂
I hope this issue is not going on for long, I hope my government can come up with something that make a lot of people happy, both movie lovers and the cinema workers. For now, I have to say bye-bye to Paul, Battle Los Angeles, The Retreat, Tintin and if it continues till 2012…bye bye The Hobbits 😦