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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.

Director:

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

Writer:

Ho-Shui Li
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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
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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Drama | History | War

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This film's closing epilogue states: "After Nanking was occupied by the Japanese Army, massive burning, killing, raping and plundering continued for 6 weeks. Males, females, old, and young - none were spared. The atrocities were even worst than that shown in this film. This was not a war. It was an intentional, planned, and organized massacre." See more »

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Referenced in Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (2011) See more »

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getting across the message that the Japanese are evil
7 August 2006 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is worth viewing and the DVD Special edition well worth buying for the 'extras', but there are one or two problems. I think the main difficulty is that the director has available to him awful, original footage of events and decides to mix these in with what for the main part can only be described as exploitative material. Nothing wrong with a good old exploitation movie of course but here the, probably cheaply done, massed bodies and brutal slayings look nothing compared to the original sickening footage. There are moments like the burning of the bodies at the river's edge that are undoubtedly powerful but for the most part we are only too aware that this is a one event movie spun out for the sole reason of showing the spilling of blood and guts and getting across the message that the Japanese are evil. Having said all that the DVD distributors have exceeded themselves and included notable items including a most illuminating 1944 US propaganda film, 'Why We Fight: The Battle Of China' - not to be missed.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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