Even Chinese television execs know when too much is too much, apparently. “China’s television regulator has ordered a crack down on dramas about the country’s battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines,” Reuters reports.
A television “watchdog official,” Wang Weiping, told People’s Daily (via Retuers) that, “The anti-Japan war is a great act of heroism performed by the Chinese people against the invaders, and is a valuable resource for film and television creativity,” which, I suppose, could be true if your definition of “creativity” is this:
But back to the topic at hand: in classic euphemism, regulators say television execs should pull dramas that are “too entertaining.” They want serious shows that are more historically accurate. Vikings with less blood splatter?
What will become of the Chinese actors who specialize in roles of dying Japanese soldiers? Will they work again?