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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:
Liang Zhang
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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Important subject worthy of a better treatment
31 October 2006 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Having seen men Behind the Sun I guess I hoped for an evolution in style & technique to match the larger scale of this movie. I was also quite interested to see someone make a hard-hitting fact-based fictionalised account of what happened during this most notorious of Japanese atrocities, but this is not it. This plays like a bottom-to-mid tier European Nazi exploitation movie from the 70s - e.g. SS Experiment Camp etc (perhaps more like Deported Women of the Special Section actually). Granted it has a greater scope and more people running around, but it resorts to the same cheap and cheerless device of lots of hapless non-actors limply falling over to the sound of ridiculously fake gunshots, spiced up with the occasional poorly executed 'shock' sequence. The admittedly horrible documentary footage is roughly spliced in between scenes so hackneyed that even these real images are robbed of much of their power. Watch channel 4's 'The Holocaust' (aired recently (still running?), as of 1 No 2006) for a genuinely disturbing documentary on the evils of war (featuring excellent in-context use of actual footage). This is the type of treatment the horror of Nanjing deserves, not this hackneyed exploitation garbage (a better executed exploitation movie minus the disrespectful use of stock footage would have been fine, but again this is not even a very good exploitation movie). Rating: 3 (5 as exploitation, 1 as a treatment of the subject).


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