Nanking is a powerful documentary about the Japanese invasion of Nanking. The city which used to be the capital city of China was reduced to rubbles when the Japanese army flooded the city and destroyed much of the city. The army also killed and raped as they pleased – the incident is captured by Iris Chang’s book The Rape of Nanking.
I didn’t know that there were eight westerners who really resisted the Japanese in handing over the refugees from the safety zone into the Japanese hand. I didn’t know either of the heroism of John Rabe, Minnie Vautrin, John Magee, and others. The movie mentioned that through the collaborative heroism of these eight figures, they saved about 250,000+ Chinese refugees during the Japanese occupation.
The documentary is structured like an interview with actors playing the parts of the key figures, speaking strictly to what was originally spoken or written. The film also contains interviews with the survivors as well as with some of the Japanese soldiers who are still alive today. There’s one scene that is very touching when one of the survivors recounts the story of his mum, who was already bleeding from several bayonet wounds, insisted in breastfeeding his younger brother, until she died.
Really, really powerful. War – what is it good for? Absolutely NOTHING. More information can be found from the movie’s website here.