Watch action-hero films and legal dramas, Chongqing mayor advises judges
China’s judges should watch more foreign films that involve heroes and court-rooms because they show that justice always prevails over evil - well most of the time anyway.
This is the advice of Huang Qifan, the mayor of Chongqing, to China's top court judges.
Huang made the suggestion during a panel discussion of the city's delegation as part of the National People's Congress (NPC) meeting in Beijing on Monday.
According to news portal China.com.cn, Huang urged Chinese judges to watch these foreign films because they would improve their ability to make decisions on important legal cases. However, he said it would be best to do the activity on Sundays - their day off.
During a session for the Chongqing delegation, Huang said there were two types of films judges should watch: action-hero films and courtroom dramas.
Watching action-hero films, Huang said, would improve judges’ abilities to balance emotion with rational thinking when making decisions.
Huang also encouraged judges to study western court-room dramas, particularly, films about American jury trials in which defendants and plaintiffs try to influence the jury’s final decision.
Huang, however, did not name any films he thought the judges should watch.
But with China's strict censorship, even judges may have to watch films with scenes cut from them. Censorship there is still very strict and sexually-explicit scenes, sensitive political issues, and other topics deemed inappropriate by censors are often ruthlessly deleted.
Such a statement would have been unthinkable a year ago when disgraced former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai was still in power.
Huang, 60, is one of the few senior Chongqing officials who managed to survive politically after the fall of Bo last year.
Bo was well known for his attempts to revive Maoist ideals in Chongqing, which he claimed would improve public morale.
Huang had served as the municipality's vice-mayor from 2001 to 2009 and the two was seen as close allies until Bo was ousted as party chief last March.
Huang claimed he had openly challenged Bo on a number of issues, including Bo's decision to sack Wang Lijun, the former Chongqing police chief. Wang fled to the US consulate in Chengdu to seek asylum.