Japan Airs Rare WWII TV Drama Reflecting on China Invasion

Japan Airs Rare WWII TV Drama Reflecting on China Invasion

Japanese TV station TBS recently aired a WWII drama that featured sympathetic content reflecting on Japan’s invasion of China. “Red Cross – Women’s Enlistment” tells the story of a Japanese army nurse serving at a front-line hospital. After she was incorporated into the Chinese army, she finally ends up treating “enemy” soldiers, during which she expresses thoughts such as, “Chinese and Japanese lives command equal respect”. Many other WWII related broadcasts in Japan this month focus on Japanese POWs and Hiroshima. One netizen asked in reply what all the Chinese anti-Japanese dramas reflected on.
Source: Netease

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  • Necrogodomega

    China will NEVER show anything other that blatant racism to Japan and most of their neighbors too. That’s always the government’s way with their TV shows and movies.

  • 42

    Nanjing Nanjing, City of Life and Death was a masterpiece movie in the line of Schindlers list, Saving Private Ryan, The Pianist. Too bad people in the west dont know how to appreciate Chinese war movies and shove it aside as propaganda.

    • Mihel

      Nanjing Nanjing, City of Life and Death was a masterpiece […] Too bad people in the west dont know how to appreciate Chinese war movies

      Dafuq are you talking about?
      N!N! has stellar rating in all major western movie reviewing sites.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1124052/
      http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/city_of_life_and_death/
      http://www.metacritic.com/movie/city-of-life-and-death
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Life_and_Death#Critical_reception

      • 42

        however in mainstream cinema here in the west it got none screentime. even jackie chan gets more screentime than this movie.

        • guest

          I think thats down to several reasons.

          a) Hes an international film star who has appeared in both Chinese and English speaking films over a few decades plus hes gained a following.

          b) His films commonly have wider family appeal than Chinese war movies.

          In all, this films are more likely to have bottoms on seats at screenings.

    • guest

      I think that’s many due the fact that the majority of Western people don’t go out of their way to watch foreign language movies, even if they are sub-titled, not because they see it as propaganda.

      Also, like every where else in the world, Western cinemas are run on a for profit basis plus even if they are released for the Western cinema market Chinese war films they would only make up a small percentage of screenings because they would only appeal to a small fraction of the market.

      Commonly what happens is that there release direct to DVD by the likes of Tartan Asia (now Palisades Tartan), Optimum releasing (now StudioCanal etc. There are people in the West who do now know to appreciate Asian films but its somewhat of a cult following. Personally I enjoy Korean films more than mainland Chinese films.

  • chenzi

    anyone know where i could watch the japanese documentary online?

  • Necrogodomega

    Yep, thanks I’ll save that lifeline for a time when I’m not positive.

    As of now, I’m 100% positive in my statement. If the CCP is destroyed one day (as Chinese love to do) and replaced, then I’m sure I couldn’t stand firm then.

    For this government, this regime, this China, yeah, I’ll stick to my original statement, thanks.

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