The Second Sino-Japanese War: Distortion on Film Student’s name HST 119: Fact and Fiction: History Through Film I Professor Power Date Films set in China during that country’s second war of resistance against Japan -- beginning with Japan’s seizure and occupation of Manchuria in 1931 and ending with its total surrender in 1945 -- have tended to distort, rather than illuminate, the conflict, its causes, and its effect on the people caught up in it. By examining three such films – The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Bethune: The Making of a Hero ,and Nanking – this paper will show how this distortion takes various forms. These forms include: a privileging of Western, as opposed to Asian, individualism, and a corresponding failure to hold the...The end:
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