A new Japanese film looks likely to reignite tensions over the interpretation of the historical events that occurred in Nanking in the winter of 1937.
Here follows a press release concerning the movie The Truth of Nanking by Japanese director Satoru Mizushima, which had a free screening with a director's greeting and Q&A on Tuesday, October 14th at 1:30pm at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 Tel: 323-848-3500
Japanese director and screenwriter Satoru Mizushima’s new film, first chapter of
“The Truth of Nanking” trilogy will be shown in Los Angeles.
This movie investigates the “real truth” behind the Massacre of Nanking that occurred more than seventy years ago.
While the rest of the world identifies the Japanese as the culprits of the Massacre, this film
investigates the involvement of the Chinese in this matter. The film is shot from a different point of view with the belief that the event was overemphasized. A movie like this allows people see a new perspective on a one-sided event.
As the first installment of a three part series, the production begins with the International Military Tribunal of the Far East, or Tokyo Trials. For 160 minutes, the film explores the testimonies of the Japanese military and government personnel at the hearing.
The Massacre of Nanking 71 years ago-
Throughout the world, the books published and movies produced about the massacre were carried out in succession, but to the extent as if it is a natural occurrence, when people of the world remember this event, there many different viewpoints to be had. However, is there not any information out there that misleads us?
“The Truth of Nanking” trilogy delves into the focus of all the countries involved, specifically from Japan’s viewpoint.
The first installment begins with General Matsui Iwane charged for massacre and describes the will of the seven class A war criminals of the International Military Tribunal of the Far East.
For further reading on this controversial new movie see the Wikipedia entry on the film and articles in the Japan Times and a review by Mark Schilling in Variety.
The movie follows the release of the documentary Nanking in 2007, directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, and starring Woody Harrelson and Hugo Armstrong. The two movies stand at opposite poles of the argument concerning what happened in Nanking in 1937, when the city fell to Japanese Imperial Armies. Two books at opposing ends of the historical debate are Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking and The Politics of Nanjing by Minoru Kitamura. The issue of the history of Nanking is a cause of continuing friction to this day between the governments of China and Japan.