By Dawn Wang
Can you imagine brutally chopping an enemy in half, destroying a fighter plane with a hand grenade, or jumping in the air and firing three arrows before you hit the ground? Even CCTV can’t stand the increasingly ridiculous scenes in anti-Japanese war dramas. On Wednesday, CCTV’s News 1+1 program criticized the shoddy and crude productions.
Earlier this month, scenes from WWII dramas were roundly mocked by Chinese netizens. According to CCTV, the topic was discussed over 1.4 million times on Weibo. Yesterday, a scene depicting a naked young girl saluting Red Army soldiers after they rescued her from a brutal rape was reposted by many and slammed as immoral and unrealistic, as reported by Career Youth.
Shanghaiist previously reported on the flood of anti-Japanese dramas produced for Chinese cinemas and TV in 2012, suggesting that the rise in numbers of anti-Japanese films and dramas is likely to keep the memory of the 1937 Japanese invasion alive and well.
CCTV also interviewed an associate professor at the Central Academy of Drama who said that anti-Japanese dramas are insulting to audiences and should have a “clear bottom line”.
Sina English spoke to award-winning actor Chen Daoming, who said “Many Chinese TV dramas about the anti-Japanese war are entertainment-oriented. These series distort history and mislead younger audiences”.
Criticisms of WWII dramas has also come from former CCTV director Xia Jun. He posted on Weibo that there were more than 300,000 extras participated in mainland TV series last year and roughly 60 percent of them played dying Japanese ‘devils’. One Chinese actor who specialises in playing Japanese bad guys told reporters in February that he ‘dies’ up to eight times a day.