Taking the net by a storm are videos of the Chinese Red Army lipsynced to popular modern, and many of them western, songs. Scenes taken from the Long March Song Cycle movie (长征组歌) from back in 1976 are edited to create terrific parodies that give new meanings to the songs.
Of all those, I believe the one video that made the biggest meme waves was this next one…
Red Army – Beat It by Michael Jackson
If you’re wondering what the original flick looked like, here’s the movie in full hosted on China’s popular 56.com (jump to about minute 20 for an example):
If you don’t wanna watch the whole thing, here’s a highlighted part of the movie titled… “Cross Chishui 4 Times With Ingenious Military Move 四渡赤水出奇兵”
Interested in other versions? Here you go…
Red Army – Hey oh
Red Army – It’s my life
Red Army – Can you feel it
Red Army – Tik Tok
Red Army – Teenage Ninja Turtles
Other sites reporting this interesting phenomenon include:
- China Smack – The Red Army Orchestra Internet Meme: Collection Of Parodies
- See the Vintage Red Army Perform MJ’s "Beat It"
- The Red Army Orchestra Joyful Lip Syncing
- A Chinese Red Army tribute to Michael Jackson