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Historical dramas must be historically accurate (down to the hair)

There has been some drama in Chinese television recently. 

A show, “Leiting Zhanjiang,” or “Warrior of Thunder,” has been pulled from the Hunan TV network and several video-streaming platforms around two weeks after its premiere. This occurred after an editorial in a state-run newspaper objected to several aspects of the series, including the protagonists' fancy hairstyles which remained in place throughout the show, the fact that the hospital nurses wore patent-leather shoes, and the soldiers' commandeering of a villa for their wartime operations. 

This incident serves to highlight the various unique issues which have to be taken into account when making productions and content in and for mainland China, particularly where they deal with topics which the state may consider to be sensitive. 

Some of the more unique issues to bear in mind when producing content for mainland China include: 

1) What the official narrative is; 

2) Whether the content being produced detracts significantly from the official narrative or perhaps portrays the official narrative in an unusual way that may be objected to; 

3) Whether the values being promoted in the show are in line with commonly held values in mainland China.  

A Chinese television series has been taken offline following criticism from state media over its depiction of war being “a departure from historical reality.”


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