THEY say that war is 99 percent boredom and one percent terror, but Kang Honglei’s My Chief, My Regiment is going some way to reducing the boredom part of that ratio .
The show tells the story of Chinese soldiers fighting the Japanese in World War II.
In 1942, Chinese soldiers were sent to Myanmar to support British armies.
One of their aims was to protect the Yunan-Myanmar Road, which served as a war supply route to China after China’s ports fell under Japanese control.
The Chinese troops won several key battles, but later had to make a
Of the 100,000 strong Chinese Expeditionary Force sent to fight, only 40,000 returned home.
But why is the story of a war fought more than 60 years ago proving hugely popular today?
War dramas have always been popular around the world, on both the big and the small screen.
Saving Private Ryan was just one of the Hollywood blockbusters to be based on a small event about the Vietnam War that happened during World War II.
It would be easy to say that My Chief, My Regiment is popular because of the action and fighting it includes, but this is only part of the story.
The drama makes great entertainment because it shows people who are living on edge in every sense.
War dramas are a perfect way to bring out the best and the worst in people.
Kang described the characters in his show as “tough but with tender hearts".
In one scene, soldiers are seen looking solemn after hearing a Japanese prisoner sing a song about his hometown.
But perhaps most importantly war dramas can serve as a memory and tribute to everyone who has died in war.
In one moving scene from My Chief, Chinese soldiers bury a Japanese soldier they have killed.
It is a timely reminder that we are better off keeping war out of the real world, and on the TV screen.