China army PR movie mocked over ‘Hollywood clips’

A screengrab from the PLA Airforce promotional video Image copyright PLA Airforce Online
Image caption The army propaganda video was launched over the weekend

A Chinese army propaganda video simulating a bombing raid used clips from Hollywood blockbusters, together with Transformers and The Rock, studies say.

The video reveals nuclear-capable H-6 bombers finishing up a simulated assault on what seems to be a US army base on the Pacific island of Guam.

The video was seen nearly 5 million occasions on China’s Sina Weibo microblogging platform.

But many customers mocked its obvious use of scenes from Hollywood motion pictures.

“It’s fortunate that China has no issues with copyright,” one joked.

“Stealing from another American film? I just… haha” wrote one other consumer, whereas a 3rd mentioned: “Don’t use clips from these awful countries. People look down on us on Twitter and it drives me crazy.”

The two-minute video, known as Gods of War – Attack!, was launched by China’s air pressure on Saturday.

Set to dramatic music, it reveals H-6 bombers launching an assault on what seems to be the US’s Andersen Air Force Base.

“We are the defenders of the motherland’s aerial security; we have the confidence and ability to always defend the security of the motherland’s skies,” the air pressure wrote alongside the video.

But social media customers shortly seen that the video’s most dramatic scenes appeared to have been taken from the movies Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Rock and Hurt Locker.

The Chinese army has not publicly commented on these claims.

A supply near the army instructed the South China Morning Post newspaper that it was frequent apply for the military’s publicity division to “borrow” from Hollywood movies.

“Almost all of the officers in the department grew up watching Hollywood movies, so in their minds, American war films have the coolest images,” the supply was quoted as saying.

The video was launched as China carried out army workouts near Taiwan, amid heightened tensions over the go to of a senior US State Department official to the island. China regards self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province.

Collin Koh, a analysis fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, instructed Reuters information company the video was meant to “warn the Americans that even supposedly safe, rearward positions such as Guam may come under threat when conflicts over regional flashpoints, be it Taiwan or South China Sea, erupt.”

‘Borrowing’ a standard defence for Chinese producers

Kerry Allen, China Media Analyst, BBC News

In 2015, China’s high media regulator urged a crackdown on “poorly made” struggle dramas, and filmmakers had been criticised for utilizing superhuman and unrealistic plots to inform tales about China’s real-life wars.

So there is a sure irony in China’s official channels “borrowing” from movies, 5 years on, to reveal the talents of its real-life military.

“Borrowing” has been a standard defence from Chinese producers, who’ve had a observe document of utilizing abroad codecs to achieve reputation and success within the nation. Many are of the view that as a result of there’s a lot red-tape in China about what’s deemed acceptable for a home viewers, producers haven’t any selection however to look to the place abroad codecs have been profitable, as they’re usually edgier and extra fascinating than Chinese productions.

But then the truth is that as a result of so few Western movies have entered the Chinese market, most customers have seen them. So netizens shortly picked up on scenes on this video “borrowing” from The Rock and Transformers 2.