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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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Tun Fei Mou (as T.F. Mou S.)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liang Zhang
Yung Pan Yung Pan
Shao-tien Hsiung Shao-tien Hsiung
Wen-ting Chiang Wen-ting Chiang
Wen-tu Pan Wen-tu Pan
Hua Shao Hua Shao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Benziger Vincent Benziger
Hsi-ho Chang Hsi-ho Chang
Chiu-liang Chen Chiu-liang Chen
Liang-Yue Chen Liang-Yue Chen
Ming Chiang Ming Chiang
Liang Chou Liang Chou
Wei-li Chou Wei-li Chou
Shiao-tan Chu Shiao-tan Chu
Jeremy W. Cleaver 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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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Men Behind the Sun 4 See more »

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T.F. Film Company See more »
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Mono

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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This film's final afterword states: "According to the verdict of the war crimes tribunal in 1947, the Japanese Army was judged to have raped over 20,000 women and killed 300,000 Chinese during the Nanking Massacre. One-third of the city was destroyed. Property was plundered at underestimated losses. No family was spared." See more »

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unique war film
17 March 2003 | by sumdenguySee all my reviews

It's not often you hear about the Japanese atrocities committed against the Chinese. Black Sun : The Nanking Massacre unflinchingly tells the true story of the over 300,000(that's 300,000!!!!) Chinese people who were brutally killed by the occupying Japanese army. Mixed with real film footage and photographs of the actual events, the film really shows the atrocities of war. It's mostly told from the Japanese point of view, and several conversations between Japanese commanders and soldiers are chilling. There are some exploitative gross out moments, like an unborn baby being pulled out of a pregnant woman's stomach via bayonette...but it always feels true. There are so many scenes of crowds being machine gunned down that you can be desensitized pretty early on in the film. The scary thing is, is the Japanese really WERE this barbaric. They slaughtered babies, infants, children, women, men and monks alike. The scene of hundreds of bodies being burned on the beach is a truly haunting moment. While it is an absolute must see for war film fans or historians...the film, however, is gory enough to make splatter fans happy.


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