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Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995)

Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha (original title)
In 1937, Japanese troops raid the Chinese city of Nanking to execute a planned massacre by subjecting over 300,000 helpless civilians to various tortures and atrocities before slaughtering them all.

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Credited cast:
Yung Pan
Shao-tien Hsiung
Wen-ting Chiang
Wen-tu Pan
Hua Shao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Benziger
Hsi-ho Chang
Chiu-liang Chen
Liang-Yue Chen
Ming Chiang
Liang Chou
Wei-li Chou
Shiao-tan Chu
Jeremy W. Cleaver
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Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre is an uncompromising portrayal of the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army upon the Chinese military and civilian population of Nanking during the occupation of the city. Hailed by critics as one of the most disturbing films ever released, Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre is unflinching in it's depiction of the barbaric cruelty with which the occupying army raped, pillaged and terrorized the defeated populace. Written by Hotaru

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This film's opening prologue states: "On Sept. 4, 1937 the Japanese Emperor Hirohito issued an imperial directive on the conduct of the Greater East Asia War. It deliberately avoid reference that the Japanese military abide by the rules of warfare set by International Treaties. This set the stage for the forthcoming atrocities in the Nanking Massacre." See more »

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I'm ambivalent

I really don't know what to think of this movie. I would say that, after the first 30 minutes I was ready to dismiss it. I don't think it's inability to pick a genre is a virtue (though I think it could have been). I also think the film comes off way too much like a propaganda film for the People's Republic. It seems to suggest that the "Rape of Nanking" was some kind of secret. Well, for whatever reason, I knew about it already, and so I thought that attitude was rather odd. Another random thing: that introduction is bizarre. There must have been 30-40 cuts in 90 seconds. That's just insane. It didn't work in my mind. But anyway, the director has more balls than any American or even just any mainstream filmmaker would in depicting the atrocities. Though an atrocity doesn't automatically make a good film, I still find this attempt at truly conveying the horror commendable. And further, there is no imposed happy ending, unlike western films that try to deal with these things. For that, I think I can forgive the stylistic difficulties.


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