A Chinese TV show about child in the military from 1989-1990

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    So I was sitting there one day and I remembered a TV show I use to watch when I was 6-8. It was about a bunch of young kids who became recon soldiers in the PLA in the late 80s or early 90s. The series was about them traveling around by themselves around the country side for training. They wore camo, and had guns that shot lasers to recievers on their bodys and on the "enemy's" bodys. They were essentially training against adult soldiers.

    Some scenes that I still remember are:

    When one kid was signing up to join the training, his mother refused because when she heard they were going to use "lasers" she thought it was the same kind that cut a metal bed in two in the factory she worked.

    Another scene was when they were walking around in the country side. One kid fell off a cliff and dislocated his shoulder. A kind little girl and old grandpa found him and the old man put the kid soldier's shoulder back in place by distracting him by making him think that someone is coming through the front door.

    This is not a documentary, it was/is a TV show. It was broadcasted back in the 90s. I remember seeing it again when I went back to China a few years back.

    If I remember any more scenes I will post them. But if anyone can figure this show out, it would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    To put it more proper, it is a movie, instead of a TV show. (It is early 80's, like 84, 85's)

    The main idea is about the very early form of Chinese boy-scouts. After the Family-planning-policy (please don't call it "One child policy" like a blinded biased main-stream western media) rolling in force, and the "Reform and Opening" at the 80's take a punch to ordinary family's life style - people just content to have one child (because of policy, and living condition), and raise that only child as a king or queen.

    As a result, the 80's children were called 垮掉的一代 or "The loser generation", and THAT movie Damingli85 mentioned, was intent to inspire the exploration spirit among the loser generation, by seting the sample to the best - PLA itself.

    Even today, China (mainland) don't have a proper boy-scout system like what the western tradition, nor having a para-military harsh training system like the Russians. - Like "Top Gun" and "Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen" are to inspire "adrenal rush" and get young Joes to go for GIs; certain Chinese old school movies are to inspire the "Independent and Exploration spirit" among these "loser generation" and hopefully to "get their shit together" when they (we) grow up. (Not for recruiting, China do not have recruiting problems like which plaguing the west nowadays)

    Damingli85, you "saw it again when you went back to China a few years back", is because when the 80's grows up, we found that the "loser generation" title, is more suitable for the 90's and 00's nowadays...
     
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    Not really. They are produced by private entities for two purposes.

    1) To make money
    2) To entertain

    Period.

    Now if some are inspired to join the military ..so be it. But those type of persons joining up after seeing a movie are not really desired.
     
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    Respectfully noted.

    But you can't say the world famous Top Gun didn't help don't you? (The other even more classic one (the song) which I don't know the English name - the US Air-cav raiding VietCons with UH-1s, rockets, miniguns, meg knock at helmets, from the platoon I believe?... )
     
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    No affect on me what so ever. None.

    Red__Sword. I was serving in the USN when Top Gun was filmed in San Diego. And the second movie you are referring to is "Apocalypse Now". Which was filmed in the Philippines when I was stationed there in '75 to '77.

    Both films have many inaccuracies.

    I posted the below about Top Gun in the Last Jedi Speaks thread after a question about ... Was I stationed at Miramar during the filming of Top Gun.

    04.24.2011
     
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    What the hell is going?

    How is what any of you guys related to what I am asking for? Loser Generation? It is a movie not a TV show? How would you know what it is. I said it was TV show since it was split into episodes. Are you trying to call me a loser in some under handed way?

    I was asking about the name of a show I am not trying to discuss the one child policy or about kids in the 1980s. Stop trolling.
     
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    I can kinda see where Red sword is coming from.

    Both Top Gun and Transformers had significant US military backing in terms of access to hardware and personnel. More recently, you can add Battle:LA to that list, which was basically an entertaining recruiting poster for the US marines (it was even premiered on US marines day - I didn't even know that was a thing until some ad for the film told me).

    Didn't the US military also release free video games with one of the main aims boosting recruitment?

    If people who wish to join up after seeing such movies or playing those games are not really desired, why is the US military trying so hard to start with?
     
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    ^It's true the US military has put a lot of funding into films like Ironman and X-men First Class in exchange for things like editorial control, this relationship is quite old though and has been covered by outlets like Asia Times and Russia Today.

    YouTube - ‪X-Men: First Class, Sponsored by Army!‬‏
     
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    Man I didn't see this coming...

    Would you please take a little bit more time to read my posts again, so that clear that

    1. I am not calling you, a loser, nor deliberately "making up" that anyone borns in 80s is fated to be loser, in fact, I myself is an 80s' guy

    2. I am terribly sorry if we are talking about two different things (you talk about TV show, I talk about movie)

    3. I take it you can read Chinese? (otherwise how you watch the 80s' Chinese TV Show? they got subtitle these days?) - so that when I use the more "correct" term 垮掉的一代 I take it you know what is going on - so you would knowing I didn't make up this term, our parents generation made up this term.

    4. Those who ACTUALLY making a trolling, would have better English skills to "dodge the ball"; ask around, I DOSE not have that kind of skills; look around, and you will find many OTHER who has.

    5. Since it is a Chinese language topic (the name of TV show), you can ask Baidu, in Chinese. They solve all kinds of human questions (instead of roboticly "search answer").
     
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    The US military doesn't invest into movies. Yeah if your movie needs real military hardware to use, the military will simply assist or decline giving help after they learn what the movie is about. If a Hollywood movie is going to be swayed by politics, it's going to be because of how it's going to affect box office. Since the US market is the largest, naturally Hollywood is going to make movies according to what the largest segment of that audience wants to see. On the other end is something like what happened with the Red Dawn remake. Still haven't heard a release date for the Chinese turned into North Korean remake. There was a vocal outcry in the US hearing what they were doing. Hollywood doesn't want to offend the future largest market for movies and now the outcry of them turning the Chinese into North Koreans at home. Meaning it will probably will never get released into theaters or will go straight to DVD.
     
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