The Hollywood movie stand-off between the Indonesian government and the movie distributors will end soon, said Jero Wacik, the Indonesian Minister for Culture and Tourism. I wrote about the cause of our missing Hollywood movies in my other blog post the other day, but after reading the news, I’m skeptical to rejoice because we can’t tell whether the distributors are willing to pay their due taxes.
However, it will be a great loss for the distributors and the cinema chain that they’re tied with if they still won’t pay their taxes. They can’t afford another delay because business is bad if you can’t get the movies to come in. Even if we get to enjoy the second installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Kung Fu Panda 2 or other summer box offices that we’re longing for, one problem still remain: there is still a monopoly of the movie distribution business in Indonesia.
With the monopoly still intact, any stand-off between the government and the sole group of distributors in the future will be at the customer’s cost.
Another thing that I examined out of this commotion, at least consolidated interest and public pressure in Indonesia still work, at least for the middle class. Now if only the middle class can consolidate their concerns into something else…