China Central Television news suspected to have stolen fighter jet scenes from Top Gun

January 27, 2011Jing Gao66 Comments, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

From MITBBS and Yahoo

Xinwen lianbo (新闻联播), or News Broadcast, on China Central Television (CCTV), comes under fire again for its report of an air force training exercise on January 23. In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun.

A net user who went by the name “刘毅” (Liu Yi) pointed out that the jet that the J-10 “hit” is an F-5, a US fighter jet. In Top Gun, what the leading actor Tom Cruise pilots an F-14 to bring down is exactly an F-5. Looking at the screenshots juxtaposition, one cannot fail to find that even flame, smoke and the way the splinters fly look the same.

On the left are screenshots of CCTV News; on the right are screenshots of Top Gun.

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Comments from MITBBS:

loveast: ?

hopemore: It’s not about real fight. It’s going electronic.

forestzhao: Chinese version of Top Gun

zhcs: Ai, what a tragedy.

zengm:Is it for real? Who was the pilot in the fighter jet that was brought down? He was killed in the training exercise? Too unfortunate. Isn’t it true that in the exercise, you lose as soon as you’re locked onto as a target? Do they need to fire a real missile? The fighter jet must be costly, and it doesn’t seem to be a pilotless drone.

grass007: …A disgrace indeed…

Comments from PCHome:

弄潮儿daliujia: It’s just borrowing. The U.S. also claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. About the same level.

锦衣夜行liubeibeig: A country that is always daydreaming..

职业相亲男roger007: The so-called goof.

晓晨zhouchenno1:Only editing of our country has improved.

地平线yougds:In this rubbish country, the sooner you die, the sooner your soul ascends.

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66 comments to “China Central Television news suspected to have stolen fighter jet scenes from Top Gun”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Elensal, Ministry of Tofu 豆腐部. Ministry of Tofu 豆腐部 said: CCTV News suspected to have stolen scenes from Top Gun for fighter jet news http://dlvr.it/F9wWl [...]

  2. Kujidus | January 27, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    I love cha.So funny.

  3. Jiehan Zheng | January 27, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    … LOL

  4. Enagro | January 27, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    That's reassuring, perhaps they do not have a real stealth bomber either!

  5. Lionup | January 27, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    CCTV is a plagiarist.

  6. Anonymous | January 27, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Ha! What losers!

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  9. [...] off American cinema in order to spruce up its reporting on a Chinese air force training exercise, according to Ministry of Tofu. “In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter [...]

  10. Jla | January 27, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    did he died?

    • Normalslife | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      In the movie, yes, he died. It was totally tradge.

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  13. Goose | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Guess he got too close to the danger zone…

  14. bacondreamer | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    ::facepalm:: This is taking the phrase "copying is the most sincere form of flattery to new heights"…

  15. Gochina | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    CCTV is doing news the Wang Wei.

  16. Dahtou | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Why didn't they show the volleyball scene? LMAO

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  18. MAC | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    This incident seems to be getting misunderstood as it makes the round. Of course this wasn't seriously being passed off as actual footage of the test. This is just very cheesy stealing to punch up a story that probably didn't have much real footage to work with, not much different from Chinese TV's constant stealing of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Band of Brothers soundtracks. This isn't really expose that people who've never seen Chinese TV think it is.

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  21. bgabor911 | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    And now everybody laughing on the chinese. Again.

    • chinaguy | January 29, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      when did we stop laughing……

  22. Kent | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    China think the US military are their biggest threat. Wait until the MPAA see this. :)

    • Guy In China | February 28, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Yeah. I don’t think The US have much to worry about. Their fighter jets will probably fly like a fake Louis Vuitton bag.

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  24. [...] frame-by-frame comparison of the images, by someone posting under the name Liu Yi, demonstrates the likeness, and the Wall Street journal has produced a video comparing the news clip with the movie [...]

  25. Enrico | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    I wonder the name of the chinese pilot, maybe Mave chong , Mave chang, Maverick Lee ?

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  27. Anonymous | January 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    As long as I don't have to watch a Chinese 'Goose' break his neck on a cockpit with a faulty release component.

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  29. Batman_tdk | January 29, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    I feel the need, the need to mislead !

    • Demarlo | October 16, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      What’s it take to become a sublime exponeudr of prose like yourself?

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  36. bebe | January 31, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Well they can put this right up there with the fake space walk and the fake olimpic ceremony.. and the fake child singer… and all the other fake crap they produce… after all it's Made in China… there is little to no quality involved…

    • Joseph | January 31, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      The fake space walk is American just to point out. With that communist garbage in china, those people will never think well beyond math. I'm Chinese btw so I'm just pointing out the obvious

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  39. Adam | January 31, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    That's funnier than Hell! I love it!

  40. Genn | February 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Ahah paper dragons!! Communist propaganda at its best.

    • Usfullocrap | February 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      perhaps A-1 American Propaganda – never can tell grasshoppa

  41. liuaimi | February 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Of all movies, why Top Gun. Now I'm always going to associate the Chinese air force with obnoxious beach volleyball.

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  43. Cbarbs | February 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    The cineese are masters of copy just look at the auto industry…they take good north american technology and design concepts and copy them to put in their third world crapy car designs!!! Are roads and streets a made for vehicles not bicycles and motor scooters!

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  45. Archmanarchy | February 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    China is copying everything since ever. The bad thing is we all hire them to do so. They make everything in China anyway , who cares if they build the fighter jets there or in Mexico?

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  47. fluffydog | February 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    "Only editing of our country has improved"… way to go "晓晨zhouchenno1".. only took 20 yrs (well give or take). Anyway I'm sure any country that ignores the 1 billion in poverty (or more) will soon give us in the west our just deserts. I'm with Kent, if the MPAA will sue students and grandparents in US and CAN then… well…. WELL! (insert sarcasm)…well… I think this whole trade deficit China is moot! You own us now. I own you!…wait does that mean I need to adapt kids from this (http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2011/02/chinese-new-year-time-for-family-reunion-except-for-homeless-and-abandoned-children/) story ? ..OK you rule..

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  49. Anonymous | February 11, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    China once again shows that anything cool they do is "borrowed". Almost makes you want to pre-emptively nuke them, i mean send the MPAA after them (same thing??)

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  51. suit | March 29, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    A chinese version of TOP GUN? isn't that a plagiarism? LOL

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