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Born To Fly: The Chinese Top Gun Maverick Copycat That Did a Vanishing Act

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What bots have been made to believe by Papa Xi-

- Chinese actors are more macho than any actor anywhere in the world.
-Chinese movies are the best.
- Entire world copies plots from Chinese movies, never vice versa.
- Chinese people don’t have fear of loosing internal organs, while they go in hoards to watch movies with nationalistic plots. They wait year round just for this wonderful opportunity.
- High IQ Chinese can’t be brainwashed. Low IQ population of rest of the world has been brainwashed.
Chinese people believe these or brainless Indians are made to believe that Chinese people believe these?
 
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In the People's Republic, there exists a national holiday of sorts. One that roughly translates to English as the Golden Week. A week in October when the bulk of the workforce is allowed to take time off. But not to relax at home, instead to partake in the viewing of mandatory cinematic and musical productions selected by the Communist party for their rosey portrayal of Chinese society.

The Chinese Communist party selected no less than four motion pictures at this year's Golden Week. Among them was supposed to be the film Born to Fly. It's not hard to immediately start drawing parallels between this Chinese film and the hit Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick. But you won't find any F-14 Tomcats, F/A-18 Super Hornets, or Dark Star Hypersonic fighters in this CCP-approved flick.

Instead, the full trailer released on September 22nd features Chinese Air Force pilots in perfectly pressed uniforms. Chinese actor Wang Yibo stars as Lei Yu. You can think of him as your Pete "Maverick" Mitchell-type character. Except this time, the protagonist flies for the People's Liberation Army Air Force in a Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth fighter.

There's all the pomp and circumstance that a good fighter pilot movie needs to attract a crowd. There are broad, sweeping shots of fighter jets rolling, turning, diving, and dogfighting, with plenty of close-up, gritty shots of the pilot's faces to really drive the drama of the trailer home. According to Jaynestars.com, the initial domestic buzz surrounding Born To Flywas mighty promising. With reports detailing how pre-release ticket orders were more than 100 Million Chinese Yuan, or exceeding $13 million.

Considering the film was more or less mandatory for a great many Chinese citizens, there was every reason to believe Born to Flywas destined for a top-shelf theatrical release in its home country. But just before the Golden Week festivities were about to commence, Chinese media announced the film was to be withdrawn from its scheduled theatrical release in spite of the initial warm feelings.

This abrupt and swift axing of an undoubtedly multi-million dollar motion flick starring an ensemble cast of native Chinese actors has media in the west speculating as to why this bizarre decision was made. Speculation is rampant that in spite of the strong pre-order ticket sales, screenings of the movie revealed less than-acceptable acting, dodgy cinematics, and computer-generated imagery that at times made films released 30 years ago look downright modern.

That's the only logical rationale we can think of. In truth, the obvious propaganda nature of the film and the surrounding cultural festival where it was due to be released has people believing Born To Fly has some of the style of Top Gun: Maverick, but with little to none of the substance that made that movie a guaranteed future classic.

The brilliance of the Top Gun franchise lies in that the overtly militaristic and patriotic undertones are buried under layers of top-notch acting and a
well-constructed hero's journey on the part of callsign Maverick and Goose, followed by Rooster in the second movie.

Born To Fly must be a classic example of what happens when the covenants that make all great action flicks are left by the wayside in favor of propaganda. You're left with a film that paradoxically hits with all the force of a wet noodle. But what do you think? Would you give Born to Fly a watch if given a chance? Or would you avoid the same way you'd avoid a copy of Mao's Little Red Book? Let us know in the comments down below.

Better than your top gun maverick tom cruise who shot down 4 SU57s with a old generation jet. Ejected in a enemy area where there were no ground patrols stole old jet from the hanger and with that radarless jet managed to shot SU57s :lol:
 

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Better than your top gun maverick tom cruise who shot down 4 SU57s with a old generation jet. Ejected in a enemy area where there were no ground patrols stole old jet from the hanger and with that radarless jet managed to shot SU57s :lol:

All that matters to the movie makers is that it made $1.4 Billion globally. If he had to get shotdown by a pea-shooter they would have tried that too.


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From the trailer, it seems Born to Fly is way better than Top Gun Maverick.

More action and the action is excellent, or maybe it's just the trailer. Lol

Top Gun is more like a nostalgic drama movie with the jet fighter theme.

It's supposed to be more action scenes, a bigger war, from the beginning of the movie up to the end.

Disappointing actually.
The Chinese are smart people who have thousands of years of history and a rich culture.
Why shouldn't they show their people as the heroes and not like Hollywood that has made money off the back of portraying brown, Arab, Russian and Slavic and "oriental" people in classic stereotypes. That decades and decades of stereotypes creates false historical narratives, further entrenches biases but most important than all makes those non-white people feel less about themselves and their cultures.

If you all remember in the 80s before the Boosters (Oman | Qatar), there usually was one Chinese movie dubbed every week. They always showed their own people as heroes, and invariably showed how Western people (usually English), behind all the evil usually driven by greed that they often manifested by stealing Chinese antiquities. Always!

That years and years of indoctrination, along with Education has given the Chinese a backbone. They don't look at Europe or the West for purpose. They look at their own history, their own culture and their own language. Hence they are slowly starting to come out the yolk of western colonialism. Their independence of thought and purpose is what scares the west. Nothing more.

We on the other hand are neither here nor there. Just a bunch of confused people, with no purpose, no guide, no direction, no narrative, and no historical context.

IK is the first leader who is attempting to instill (not always perfectly) some sense of self. May Allah protect him and his purpose, and may Allah give him more sabr, shaoor, and humility. May Allah remove impediments from his way, and may Allah protect him and his cause always.
 
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