Chinese television viewers were surprised this week to see the movie V for Vendetta aired on CCTV-6, according to the Associated Press
The American movie, released in 2005, is set in a futuristic Britain where an anarchist rebels against a totalitarian government, persuading people to rule themselves. Though it is unclear if the movie was actually banned by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television in China, it never appeared in movie theaters. The number of foreign films shown in China is limited each year.
Some see the decision to air the movie as a sign that officials are moving toward reform as Xi Jinping prepares to lead the Chinese Communist Party.