Chinese TV dramas urged to copy South Korean hit to improve image of military and boost army recruitment

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, 11:12am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, 11:12am

China’s official army newspaper says the nation’s TV industry should make programmes like the South Korean hit drama Descendants of the Sun to improve the image of the military and help it enlist more troops.

A commentary in the PLA Daily said the programme presented a modern image of South Korea’s armed forces and highlighted the spirit of the nation.

“We have the resources to make a TV drama like this, which our soldiers would be interested to watch. And we should totally make a TV drama like this,” the commentary said.

The South Korean series, starring the actress Song Hye-kyo, tells the love story between a special forces captain and a doctor. It has proved a huge hit in China since the show was first aired about a month ago.

China’s military themed TV dramas often portray Communist-led Chinese forces fighting the Japanese during the second world war.

The series are often the subject of ridicule among viewers because of their perceived poor scripts and illogical plots.

A commentary posted last year by the state-run Xinhua news agency mocked military-themed TV series, which have included scenes of troops throwing rocks to bring down a Japanese military aircraft and a soldier ripping open a Japanese soldier’s body with his bare hands.

The PLA Daily commentary praised the South Korean drama’s high production values, creative script, and professional acting.

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It said the programme “has shown respect to the audience’s intellect and aesthetic appreciation”, and that it would make a great job advert to recruit soldiers.

The commentary also said the PLA’s increasing involvement in joint drills with other countries and role in international rescue and aid missions should provide inspiration for China’s movie industry to produce more military-themed entertainment.