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Red Dawn posterA Chinese state-run newspaper has heavily criticised the upcoming remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn where China are set to become the enemies.

ABC News reports that the Beijing-based Global Times has stated that the film demonises China and "plants hostile seeds".

The original film, starring Patrick Swayze, depicted a Soviet invasion of the United States but in the new version - which stars Tom Cruise's son, Conor Cruise - a group of teenagers fight to save their town from an invasion from communist China by the People's Liberation Army.

Find out more after the jump... Red Dawn posterA Chinese state-run newspaper has heavily criticised the upcoming remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn where China are set to become the enemies.

ABC News reports that the Beijing-based Global Times has stated that the film demonises China and "plants hostile seeds".

The original film, starring Patrick Swayze, depicted a Soviet invasion of the United States but in the new version - which stars Tom Cruise's son, Conor Cruise - a group of teenagers fight to save their town from an invasion from communist China by the People's Liberation Army.

Excerpts of the new Red Dawn script, by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, leaked on the internet last weekend and it is this that has enraged the Chinese.

One commentary in the Global times reads: 'Despite the world's focus on US-China relations in the strategic and economic dialogue and their increasing economic connections, China can still feel US distrust and fear, especially among its people. Americans' suspicions about China are the best ground for the hawks to disseminate fear and doubt, which is the biggest concern with the movie 'Red Dawn"

An anti-Red Dawn website has launched but it is uncertain whether it has any connection to the film. Elsewhere, the unofficial Red Dawn fan page Red Dawn 2010 keeps the matter in perspective with a blog entry on the controversy that says: "No matter how racist some people think it is, or how anti-Chinese people think it is, it is just a movie."

Here's a reminder of the 1984 movie (if only Patrick Swayze was still with us, he'd sort out this mess)...