Rambo welcomed by Burmese in Singapore

Feb 5, 2008 (DVB)-An audience of 600 Burmese people in Singapore gave a positive reception to the film Rambo at a screening organised by the Overseas Myanmar Patriots Association on Sunday.

In the film, which was shown at the Bugis cinema in Singapore, Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as action hero John Rambo, who comes out of retirement to rescue a group of missionaries and takes on the Burmese army.

One of the organisers of the event said that the film had been well-received by the audience, made up entirely of Burmese people.

"Some people, during the show, jumped up from their seats and shouted, ‘Down with megalomaniac Than Shwe!’, ‘We don’t want the dog junta’, ‘Viva la revolution’ and ‘Fight or die!’" the organiser said.

"At the end of the movie we clapped nonstop for 80 seconds to show respect to the movie audience that was gathered there, and to show unity in our fight for democracy and also to Mr Stallone, who made the world see how bad our government is."

After the film, audience members chanted several slogans and distributed political poems and leaflets about the September 2007 protests.

One man said that he had found the film very emotional.

"My wife felt very emotional during the movie and she has been weeping since then , she can’t even say anything now. The movie makes me very emotional too."

"When I saw Rambo in the film killing the Burmese soldiers, I felt like I wanted to be in his place, killing them myself instead. The scene where Rambo killed the Burmese army captain satisfied the whole audience."

The film Rambo has been banned from being screened in Burma.

Reporting by Yee May Aung

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