China reportedly uses Hollywood clips to show simulated attack on US base
Added 09-21-20 10:18:02am EST - “The Chinese air force propaganda effort has gone Hollywood, according to a report. The military's publicity team has released an action-packed video of bombers in a simulated attack on a US base us?” - Nypost.com
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The military’s publicity team has released an action-packed video of bombers in a simulated attack on a US base using scenes that seem to have been lifted from the 2008 Oscar-winner “The Hurt Locker” and the 1996 action flick “The Rock,” the South China Morning Post reported.
A source close to the Chinese armed forces told the news outlet that it was common practice for the People’s Liberation Army publicity unit to “borrow” from Hollywood blockbusters to make their productions look more thrilling.
“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 source told the South China Morning Post, adding that the army was unlikely to face any backlash over copyright infringements.
“There won’t be any intellectual property problems as only a few seconds of footage was used and the PLA film is not for commercial release,” the source told the Hong Kong-based English-language newspaper.
In 2011, local broadcaster CCTV showed a film about a Chinese military training exercise that included “borrowed” footage from the 1986 hit “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise as US Navy hotshot pilot Maverick, the Morning Post reported.
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