Inside the military
For the first time, a mysterious military force has been unveiled.
On April 13, The Glory of Youth was released. It is China’s first TV drama focusing on the Rocket Force of the People’s Liberation Army. Adapted from a novel called Join the Army after College, the story follows four young men who join the Rocket Force after graduating from their universities.
Li Yifeng plays college student Xia Zhuo. Li was attracted by the script, which skillfully combines stressful military life with funny moments.
For director Zhang Hanbing, the process of rewriting the script was very tough. Differing from other TV series, military dramas can’t let out national secrets on strategic deployment, training approaches and military jargon.
“To avoid letting out confidential information, we have changed all of the lines under the guidance of military experts,” Zhang told Beijing News. “But this burdens actors as it’s more difficult to recite the lines for them.”
Apart from that, a lot of changes were put into the setting and props. Viewers would see a military vehicle that carry missiles, which refer to the DF-21 and DF-26 models, two medium-range missiles, but differ from them.
The show provides viewers with a glimpse of China’s strategic and tactical missile forces. “I want the audience to understand that it’s safe to live in China because the military is there to protect the country and its people,” Zhang told China Youth Daily.