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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Did Chinese TV actually use Top Gun footage as a military drill?

By Alexandra Petri

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ForeignPolicy.com
is now reporting that Chinese bloggers caught the CCTV repurposing footage of Top Gun for a story on a recent military drill.

This is as hilariously absurd as it is probable.

This is what happens when you feel the need, the need for, uh, footage.

I can't come up with any jokes that are better than this is already. Judge the photos for yourself. If these are actual screen caps, the only thing that would be more obviously taken from Top Gun would be if this were an extended sequence of longing gazes between Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise.

By Alexandra Petri  | January 27, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Mulligans, Petri, Reality? Television, Seems Suspect  | Tags:  China, Top Gun, oops  
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Comments

Now this is suppose to be a secret. LOL

现在,这是假设是一个秘密。大声笑

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | January 28, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

You know how we know it is not real? If it were Chinese, there would be wires holding the airplane up.

Then, for the beach volleyball scene, it would feature a massive kung fu fight.

And the name of the movie would be Shogun Pow.

Posted by: bentley8403 | January 28, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

See how Top Gun continues to impact both cinema and media today? Being a film student, I think it is really amazing how a movie made in the 80's could be chosen to pass of as the real air force training thing. Been reading more about this to see how I can incorporate it in a research paper. I found additional information here: http://clicky.me/ChineseTopGun

Posted by: CorneliaDunn | February 1, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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