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Nanjing! Nanjing! (2009)
I'm usually more of a browser than a poster on this board, but after watching this film I want to share a couple of thoughts about it.
The powerful images. I will never forget them. Two scenes in particular. First is the scene where the captured soldiers were led to the execution field, and just before getting swept by machine guns the soldiers shouted "Long live China" and "China will not die". At that moment rush of emotions overcame me, and I almost burst into tears. These were soldiers who fought and resisted until the very end, and at their last breath although they stood weaponless against the enemy, they resisted with their words.
For this, I salute them with all my heart for their bravery, relentlessness, and the love of the motherland.
The second unforgettable scene is the wide angle shot of the countless dead bodies which filled the entire beach. These people were fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, ordinary people, just like you and me. Yet they were mercilessly treated like dirt, or grains of sand, which are brushed aside and disposed of, simply to satisfy the egos of some high officers in the Japanese Imperial Army.
If there is a lesson to be learned about this film, it is that throughout history, whether between nation states or between human beings, the strong will in most cases take advantage of the weak, and the weak will always be in the mercy of the strong. There is a Chinese adage, "自强不息", meaning "to strengthen oneself ceaselessly", which serves to remind us that To prevent oneself from being taken advantage of, one needs to strengthen himself.
Thank you Lu Chuan for making this thought-provoking film.
To the 300,000 some souls lost, may they RIP.