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China gives Rape of Nanking greenlight

RapeofNanking.jpgAmazingly the Chinese authorities have given the Hong Kong Director Yim Ho permission to being his film about the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing Christmas 1937.

The film is based on the real life events as documented in the book that the film is based on called The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang. The story takes a typical view of such horrendous stories by looking at some of the humanist and positive aspects of the terrible tale. It shows how a group of missionaries and businessmen protected some of the Nanjing citizens during the Japanese invasion of the former capital city, and their brutal treatment of the citizens.

Variety has the story and reports that the budget is somewhere around US$26 million. Yim had to change the screenplay several times to secure permission, but eventually the Ministry of Culture gave the go ahead.

The events still remain a contentious element of the relationship between the two countries with Beijing saying that Japan has not done enough to atone for the massacre it perpetrated, with both sides claiming huge losses during the events.

There are other projects ongoing that will look at these events, and it will be interesting to see the story told from so many different viewpoints and beliefs. Do you think that the full tale will be told through these, or will it take a truly independent feature to reveal all?



That's a good question. I suppose we wouldnt be surprised when the time has come for the film to be shown, the Japanese will have their own petition as to how they have been inaccurately portrayed.

Sorry, I just can't help it.

The Japanese can always do the June 4th Massacre in Tiannemin Square. Just to piss off the communists in China. Still to this day they, the commies, refuse to accept there were any deaths!!! Hence they have refused to apologise to all those families of missing students..

Oh yes Mike, you're spot on about that one.

I've been reading up on the clever machinations of Mao Tse Tung against the Nationalists led by Chiang Kai Shek and how Tse Tung used them as cat's paw to drive away the Japanese and at the same time let Communism prevail. Talk about keeping their hands clean therefore not accepting any responsibility for their action as you quite rightly pointed out.

It seems like the Asian community in the United States has no problem with Japan being portrayed heroically in World War II.


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I am not one to hold a grudge but the Japanese used Chinese citizens for chemical warfare testing. The Chinese still haven’t forgiven them for that.

And somehow American history has lost the stories of how the Japanese treated American Prisoners of War

And how about the Rape of Nanking?



But, no to Clint Eastwood (and I guess the American Asian Community who honored his film) the Japanese soldiers were merely defending their homeland against those mean olde invading American imperialists.

Clint Eastwood is a traitor to America who has denigrated all those who fought in the Pacific as merely racist imperialists going after the yellow men instead of the liberators of Asia which they really were.

I spit on Clint Eastwood! No wonder Hollyweird can’t distinguish the good guys from the bad guys in Iraq when they can’t even do that when it comes to the Japanese in World War II.

By the way, on the Truth Serum video, of course I disagree with the whole part accusing Bush or America covering it up in order to get access to the scientific research that the Japanese inhumanly performed. That is just insane.

But everything else on that Truth Serum video seems historically accurate. If that isn’t the case, I would really appreciate someone educating me to the inaccuracies in the video.

I do wonder why we didn’t after World War II convict Japanese of War Crimes to the extent we did the Germans. They Japanese did terrible things to AMERICAN POWs. From my understanding the Japanese treated American POWs far worst by and large than the Germans did. And then of course there was the way they treated the Asian Civilian communities they invaded. They never seemed to be personally held accountable for it the way the Germans were the Holocaust.


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