On TV, Chinese man rips ‘Japanese devil’ in half with bare hands; netizens call it ‘wet dream’

February 6, 2013Jing Gao6 Comments, , , ,

Chinese-made anti-Japanese patriotic television dramas have been the object of an awful lot of ridicule on Sina Weibo, the Chinese twitter, after netizens found much to their amusement that in one extreme example, a Chinese man tears up a “Japanese soldier”, or commonly known in China as “Japanese devil”, across like a piece of paper, with blood splashing all over the place.

Zhouxiaoniu, a net user on Sina Weibo, first posted the screen capture of the scene, “Tearing the devil with bare hands! I am on my kneels begging for the name of this television drama! So fuking awesome!” The tweet has got nearly 6,000 shares and 1,400 comments.

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The violent and yet surreal scene was mocked by netizens as a wet dream for Chinese government, as the nation’s TV screen is flooded with over-the-top dramatization of Chinese militia’s heroic defeat of Japanese troops during the Sino-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945. Many Weibo user joked that the stupidity and implausiblity of some scenarios have made such dramas look sci-fi, and that Chinese dramas must have the highest Japanese body count.

State-run newspaper Global Times quoted a report as saying that in eastern China’s Hengdian, China’s largest outdoor film studio, of the 150 television series it provided sets to in the past year, 48, or nearly one third, were set during the anti-Japanese war. Among the 300,000 extras the studio used, 60 percent played Japanese soldiers.

In one recent news story done by Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News, an extra named Shi Zhongpeng told the reporter than he played nameless Japanese soldier 200 times in over 30 dramas throughout 2012. On one day, he “died” eight times. His experience of  portraying a Japanese? “Act as lewd and abominable as possible,” Shi said that when casting the role of a “Japanese devil”, production crews often pick extras who are slit-eyed and look mean and evil.

The surfeit of anti-Japanese is an answer to censors at the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), who strictly limit costume period dramas or CSI-style spy and crime stories during prime time slots. The heavy hand from the media watchdog basically leaves TV production companies with no choice but anti-Japanese patriotic storylines.

In October, 2012, there were media reports about “Red tourism” in Shanxi province, where a theme park based on anti-Japanese storyline was built for park visitors to dress up as either a Communist soldier, an ordinary villager or a “Japanese devil” and face off in a simulated combat.

Weibo users’ comments on Japanese ripped in half

MAA_happy:When you see a grenade take down an aircraft,  this is really nothing! Your brain malfuctions after you watch those anti-Japanese shows.

Loui5_Lu:You would think that China might have invaded Japan for eight years after watching such a show.

Alex-Squirrel:…How…awesom…it…makes…one…feel… So every Japanese has “Tear Along the Perforated Line” written on their head?~

修齐LT:So many anti-Japanese dramas are being made. Each one of them can’t be faker! A glimpse at it would make me sick! If you go to Hengdian Studio, at least ten are shooting anti-Japanese dramas at the same time.

寿限无寿限无卷卷毛:Right!! Hengdian Studio is the place with the most and the bloodiest deaths of ‘devils’ inside China, isn’t it!!

火柴–Man:So SARFT will simply leave such a gory scene alone?

纠察来了:So they don’t think airing this will scare children.

朱少微:I heard 700 million “devils” were killed off in Hengdian. The bodies, if lined up together, can circle the earth twice…

静月秋韵:So senseless!!! Glamorizing violence, what a human disgrace!

亮ZAI:Chinese-style crappy drama~~

吃面是一种shenghuo态度:All kinds of nonsensical dramas…Can’t watch any.

老虫是吃货胖纸小噜噜的爸爸[汗]Haven’t watched any anti-Japanese drama since graduating from primary school. Wonder what viewers of such a drama are like.

暮色晨光V:Another brainwashing drama. Communist Party is always unparalled in this regard!

草根深圳V:Wet dreams make a country stronger.

奥黛丽好笨:Apple should have invented a new game: Slicing devils~ (Fruit Ninja is translated as “Slicing Fruit” in China) This must be popular in China. [偷笑]

笑笑3128620395:Chinese-style wet dream. [弱]

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6 comments to “On TV, Chinese man rips ‘Japanese devil’ in half with bare hands; netizens call it ‘wet dream’”

  1. Blacksoth | February 8, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    The headline of your article includes the word “wet dream” leading readers to believe that these over-the-top displays of violence against Japanese in Chinese meida is desired wish fulfillment among the majority of netizens. But based on the comments, I’m left with the opposite impression: that chinese netizens see the anti-japanese rhetoric as unhealthy and unimpressive propaganda (a sentiment I agree with).

    • mr. wiener | February 15, 2013 | Permalink Reply

      I’m detecting healthy levels of cynicism. Not that anyone in China will publicly admit to it.
      Do you think “Kung Fu Panda” depicted the majority of Chinese as pigs and rabbits for a reason?

  2. Luke | June 19, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    Most of my Chinese friends are as appalled as you and I at this disgusting racism and misguided nationalism. So, don’t worry. It’s just idiot politicians improving their reputation in their cadre (and hopes for promotion) by sponsoring anti-Japanese TV shows. That’s how dumb and desperate some politicians here are. Also, this particular episode is old old news. Was all over other websites a while back.

    • Jing Gao | June 20, 2013 | Permalink Reply

      I published this article on Feb 6, 2013, or four and a half months ago. Of course it sounds ‘old old news’ to you.

  3. Chinaisajoke | July 24, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    Chinese militia’s defeat of Japan? Please, China was Japan’s bitch. China would still be under Japanese imperial rule today if not for Russia and America’s defeat of Japan. Chinese did nothing for themselves, you owe everything to Westerners.

  4. Bruce Lee | July 29, 2013 | Permalink Reply

    Brainwashed?? then why are your still watching? if you think Japan is stronger than China then how come China its still Chinese? such a losers small nation trying to compare yourself against the mainland you’re forever no match against the Chinese, don’t say China, i think Taiwan ROC or North Korea can already destroy Japan.

    the racist its Japanese, copying Chinese culture, stealing islands, denying massacre and denying invasion still got face to shout so loud, your japanese really don’t know what is shameless about or you japanese just ignore your self respect to continue for your greedy dreams?

    So what next Japanese’s dreams its invade China with Phillipens

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