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Why Are TV Shows About the War Against Japan So Popular in China?   [Copy link] 中文

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As televison dramas about China's war with Japan gradually become more farcical, many are forgetting the cruelty of war.

Last year, Chinese authorities approved 303 new TV shows. Altogether, more than half had a “revolutionary” theme, and of those the vast majority depicted anti-Japanese conflicts.

Many of these dramas do well financially. The shows Anti-Japanese Cometh and Indelible Designation, for instance, saw a 200 and 300 percent return on investment respectively.

However, these kinds of TV series also began receiving heavy criticism last year. Netizens listed three recurring problems in these dramas including overindulgence in martial arts, idolization of Chinese heroes and lack of humanization for Japanese soldiers.

These series have also been criticized by celebrities. Liu Chun (刘春), former executive director of Phoenix Television's Chinese channel, said that the screenwriters of these programs are terrible. "They turn a tragedy into a farce and describe all the Japanese soldiers as idiots," he said.

One key reason for concern over the popularity of anti-Japanese dramas is that they've been manufactured to have entertainment value for mass consumption. Some worry that they marginalize the true heroes of that era and trivialize serious historical events.

So why are there so many anti-Japanese TV series? In a nutshell, propaganda-oriented censorship makes them the safest bet for producers.

According to People's Daily, Gao Dayong (高大庸), screenwriter for a new reboot of "Journey to the West," said that with a safe theme and high ratings, it's no wonder that so many choose to produce anti-Japanese TV series.

"Costume dramas are limited and spy dramas aren't allowed to be broadcasted during prime time," said Zhou Weicheng (周伟成), general manager of Zhejiang Greentown Media. "What other choice do we have?”

But aside from censorship, some dark desires held by audiences play an underlying psychological role for the popularity of these programs.

Most anti-Japanese dramas have visually appealing action scenes. They include gun battles, martial arts, bloody fights and other graphic violence. Moreover, some programs depict women being sexually assaulted, which grabs viewers' attention and has a deep psychological impact.

Killing is also one of the most attractive elements. In these dramas, Japanese soldiers get killed easily and randomly. Many viewers, including war veterans, have joked that more Japanese soldiers are killed in a single program than were killed in the actual war.

This shows the bloodthirsty psychology of both screenwriters and the audience. It implies that we could kill people from other countries at will during a war, which is a very distorted view to have.

The anti-Japanese dramas can establish a sense of national pride, especially in the context of current Sino-Japanese tensions. However, we can't deny that Japanese soldiers, and even the Japanese nation, are oversimplified and demonized through these dramas.

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seneca Post time: 2013-4-1 17:31
Absolute rubbish!

WW II films and other forms of publications hardly dominate any Western country ...

WWII is movies still make big bucks in the west. Your propaganda is just as phony as ever.
But WWII is passe compared to the live coverage we in the west are treated to everyday
of our boys shooting up the Arabs in the Middle East.
Now the jingoism is being cranked up against the North Koreans.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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It is just a movie nothing more

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i guess japan never invaded china. on the side note, its not as popular as anti china propaganda rhetoric in the western world. u see it in sports, science, finance, etc, that its becoming part of daily life to hate china

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shokenchi Post time: 2013-4-4 12:05
i guess japan never invaded china. on the side note, its not as popular as anti china propaganda rhe ...

That is what really disturbs me... the anti-china propaganda that seems to pervade American TV. No country is perfect, but China is so often mis-portrayed that it angers me. I've spent enough time to know that governments are governments, and people are people.

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shokenchi Post time: 2013-4-4 09:05
i guess japan never invaded china. on the side note, its not as popular as anti china propaganda rhe ...


It's nice to see a bit of truth posted on this forum for a change.
China bashing happens on a daily basis here in the USA in all the media categories you mentioned.
If you want to strike up a friendly conversation with the knuckle dragger on the street here in the
USA all you have to do is say something derogatory about China.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Kbay Post time: 2013-4-1 16:25
No different to the thousands of anti-German Hollywood and NY studio productions over the past 68 ye ...

"The Germans were victims of American over-kill response to the German Nazi regime"

Are you serious?? The Nazis attacked virtually all of the countries of Europe, enslaved millions in Concentration Camps and were directly responsible for the deaths of more than 25,000,000 people.
How could you make such an outrageous statement?
You are obviously a Chinese propagandist.
If you want people to like China you need to stop telling such outrageous lies. Concentrate on what China does well and tell people about that. When you tell such huge, obvious lies you’re fooling no one. People know it's propaganda and come to disrespect China because of people like you.

Please don't pretend like you represent the Chinese view on things. Chinese people are far smarter than you make them out to be.

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