Anyone who wishes to see just how prevalent anti-Japanese feeling is in China should check the number of anti-Japan films and dramas produced in China. Last year, about two hundred anti-Japanese films were made for Chinese cinemas and TV.
“The reason there are so many anti-Japan scenes in TV dramas is not anything to do with the Diaoyu islands or tension between the two countries. It’s a genre that has been popular for a long time,” said Jing Dong, who is a lead character in an anti-Japan drama.
Zhu Dake is a film and cultural critic at Tongji University. According to him, the popularity of anti-Japanese films is the direct result of recent regulatory changes by the National Censorship Authority. This department hardly approves any films that do not have an anti-Japan bent.
The flood of anti-Japan films and dramas is likely to keep the public’s memory of the historical facts alive. Actually besides this kind of film and drama, Chinese children begin to learn the history of national humiliation from elementary school, they learn that China was brutalised by Japan throughout the 1930s and that Japan would do the same thing now if it got a chance. Thousands of students each day take class trips to the anti-Japanese War Museum in Beijing to view the photos of war atrocities.
According to Japan’s Kyodo News agency, in September 2012, at least 60,000 people took part in protests against Japan over its control of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in more than 28 Chinese cities, making the anti-Japan demonstrations the largest since the two countries normalized diplomatic relations.
“It’s obvious that these protests were planned by the government,” said dissident artist Ai Weiwei at the time.
Why does the Chinese government keep up this propaganda onslaught 60 years after Japan’s surrender? Is it necessary? As jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo said, it’s clear that the Japanese will remain devils in China for quite a long time.