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The Battle of China (1944)

The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.

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Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Claire Chennault Claire Chennault ... Himself (archive footage)
Kai-Shek Chiang Kai-Shek Chiang ... Himself (archive footage)
Madame Chiang Madame Chiang ... Herself (archive footage) (as Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
Teh Chu Teh Chu ... Himself (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage)
William F. Halsey William F. Halsey ... Himself (looks up from desk) (archive footage)
Hirohito Hirohito ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Huston ... Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage)
William Mayer William Mayer ... Himself (as Col. William Mayer)
Louis Mountbatten ... Himself (archive footage)
Puyi Puyi ... Himself (archive footage) (as Henry Pu-yi)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Joseph W. Stilwell Joseph W. Stilwell ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of China: Assault on the Great Wall See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This documentary is considered a Second World War wartime propaganda documentary film of the United States. See more »

Goofs

The film mentions the "Tanaka Memorial" several times as being a document mapping out the proposed Japanese conquest of China, and eventually the United States (the document itself does not mention conquest beyond China). When this film was produced the Tanaka Memorial was accepted as factual, however there is no evidence it was produced by the Japanese. It was first published in 1929 in China, and is generally accepted as a well written anti-Japanese hoax. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: But what kind of people are the Chinese? Well, in four thousand years of continuous history, China has never fought a war of aggression. They're *that* kind of people.
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Connections

Featured in Xie rou chang cheng (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Sword Blade March
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Music by Hsin Mai
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Textbook documentary (propoganda)
14 July 2011 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This is direct text book documentary propaganda. You could base a documentary class around this.

It is Capra's World War II documentary about China's turmoil with Japan.

Obviously, we were at war with Japan, and allied with China.

Even today, it could fool some people, but most people have seen just how horrific those "marches" were.

Back to back with Russia, China is shown in the film to strategically move everything Westward, away from Japan. Back to back with Russia, they could use industry, relatively safe with their ally, against Japan, because Russia had to do the same with Germany.

The mass migration, the mass deployments, the mass use of labor, all are shown in true propaganda form as being strategic and heroic. Incredibly, these same images are used today to show immense brutality and inhumanity, as we value human life much more today.

In the forties, patriotism and Nationalism were prize feelings, for better or worse.


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