Chinese reality program Journey of Warriors <勇敢者的征程> follows Wallace Chung (鍾漢良), Shawn Dou (竇驍), Zhang Xinyu (張馨予), Yang Xujia (焉栩嘉), and New Zealand survival expert Josh James as they retrace the Long March undertaken by China’s Red Army with minimal tools at their disposal. While the program took pride in showing an authentic survival adventure that remains true to history, netizens quickly found evidence that contradicts the claims.
In the first episode, Wallace made his way towards Mount Jin with a pig bladder as a water container. Netizens were intrigued that Wallace was drinking chili water to keep warm, and they were concerned when the actor hurt his ankle on his way down the mountain.
By the second episode, netizens began to suspect that the program had been exaggerating its authenticity. Under the guidance of Josh, Wallace was taught to cut bamboo and bind them together to create a raft. While the camera zoomed in on Wallace as he was cutting the bamboo stalks, it did not take long before the camera transitioned to a completed raft. As the camera followed Wallace to the river, the netizens spotted a speedboat in the vicinity and doubted that the actor would forgo using the speedboat.
Netizens pointed out another manufactured scene in which Wallace was seen catching a fish for his meal. The netizens argued that the fish looked alive and active in the river, but the fish clearly looked dead by the time Wallace caught it in his hands.
Although the program intended to document the authentic hardship of China’s Red Army’s journey, many netizens expressed their disappointment that they are being misled by the camera’s editing.
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This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.