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China clamps down on ‘overly dramatic’ portrayal of war with Japan in TV dramas

China’s media regulator has called on local television producers to reign in their portrayal of WWII encounters with Japan, which it says have been “overly dramatic”.

The move follows an instruction from the regulator to a provincial TV station in Southwest China to send a drama about the war back to the State agency to be edited.

A scene from the program, which shows a group of Japanese soldiers assaulting a Chinese woman, who then leaps into the air and kills them in fantastical ways, was heavily criticised in social media in China. Viewers called the drama “brain damaging” or “offensive to history,” according to a story in China’s Global Times today.

“The over-exaggeration or even mocking of the war teaches audiences inaccurate history and affects them negatively,” Peking University lecturer and script writer Li Fei told Global Times. “For TV, such shows are unacceptable,” he said.

Others cautioned that the move could stifle creativity in how the war told is told to Chinese television audiences.

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