As a celebration of National Day, the CCTV in China is now showing a 36 episodes 3-D Cartoon “Devil soldiers in Mao-er Mountain” (帽兒山的鬼子兵)in October. The cartoon was produced by a company in Heilongjiang and selected by the National boardcast bureau in Dongbei area (North east China) as one of the best cartoon production of the year (see press release on September 30, 2006).
The background of the cartoon is 1930s-40s (during WWII), in a village near a mountain (Mao-er) in Heilongjiang. The story is about the interaction between 3 Chinese kids and 5 Japanese soldiers.
The Chinese science fiction writer Han Song (韓松) comments that the image of Japanese soldiers in that cartoon is the stereotype Chinese imagination, it would certainly irritate millions of Japanese people.
At the end of the cartoon, the lyrics of the song goes like this:
I playfully torture the devil soldiers
I play and irritate, with hits and kicks
I spoof / torture the devil soldiers to death!
Why showing this cartoon during the national day's month? When the country is preparing for the Olympic?
There were no much discussion among Chinese blogsphere yet. But Xu Xiaoping (徐小平) has re-posted a commentary written by Rui Cheng Gang (芮成剛), CCTV international programme host, advising every Chinese, especially the youth, to read more about Japan (zh).
How about us? Do we really understand Japan?