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Dont Cry, Nanking

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Director  Wu Ziniu
Language  Mandarin
Dont Cry, Nanking movie poster
Release date  September 14, 1995 (1995-09-14)
Writer  Jesse Hung, Xiaosheng Liang, Tiansheng Xu

Don't Cry, Nanking, also known as Nanjing 1937 (Chinese: 南京1937; pinyin: Nánjīng yī jiǔ sān qī), is a 1995 Chinese film about the 1937 Nanking Massacre committed by the Imperial Japanese Army in the former capital city Nanjing, China.

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Plot

The story focuses on a family, a Chinese doctor, his pregnant Japanese wife and their two children, who escaped the Battle of Shanghai hoping to seek refuge in the capital where the doctor was born.

Being Japanese, the wife must hide her origins to the Chinese citizens, but soon upon their arrival, the city is invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army and this time, it is the father who tries to hide his identity as the family tries to reach the safety zone established by the International Committee for Nanking Safety Zone.

Among historical characters such as John Rabe and Minnie Vautrin (whose names have been curiously changed to John Robbins and Whitney Craft in the English translation), the film also features an out-of-context excerpt of the infamous Contest to kill 100 people using a sword between Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyochi Noda.

There are some painful and brutal scenes such as the execution, by machine gun, of thousands of Chinese prisoners of war.

Being produced before the publishing of such books like Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking and Herbert Bix's Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, the movie shows General Iwane Matsui giving the order to "kill all the captives" and omits any reference to Prince Asaka.

Cast

  • Chin Han - Shing Yin
  • Rene Liu - Shu Qin
  • Cho Yuet - Lui Oi
  • Ulrich Ottenburger - John Rabe
  • Michael Zannett - John Magee
  • Rebecca Peyrelon - missionary Miss Hua
  • Reception

    Upon its release in 1995, the movie grossed HK$2,102,915 in Hong Kong. The film was not released in Japan until December 1997, nearly two years after its completion.

    References

    Don't Cry, Nanking Wikipedia
    Dont Cry, Nanking IMDb Dont Cry, Nanking themoviedb.org


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