The Second Sino-Japanese War: Distortion on Film

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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...
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Lorber
(1997). Film released in 1992.
Guttentag
, Bill and Dan
Sturman
and Elizabeth Bentley.
Nanking
. DVD. U.S. Directed by
Bill
Guttentag
and Dan
Sturman
.
THINKfilm
/HBO. 2007.
Jiang
Wen
, et al. Devils on the Doorstep. DVD. Directed by
Jiang
Wen
. A production of
China. Home Vision Entertainment. 2005. Film released in 2000.
Lennart
, Isobel (adapted from novel by Alan Burgess). The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
VHS. Directed by Mark Robson. U.S. Fox Video. 1994. Film released in 1958.
Peploe
, Mark and Bernardo
Bertolucci
with initial collaboration by
Enzo
Ungari
. The Last
Emperor. DVD. Directed by Bernardo
Bertolucci
. A co-production of China, the
U.K., Italy and France. Artisan Video. 1998. 218-min. version. Film released in 1987.