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Performers and tourists dressed in costumes ride a motorbike during the filming of a World War II battle scene between China and Japan in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Thursday. The live performance involved 60 detonations, and tourists were welcome to participate, local media reported.

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Is this a Japanese or a Chinese production? If it's Chinese, it's 100% distorted propaganda movie like the rest of their media.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBW1lQw_WrI&list=UUgFP46yVT-GG4o1TgXn-04Q

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And if it's Japanese it's 100% distorted propaganda like the rest of their approach to the war.

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Stewart Gale, who or what propagandized you to think that? Have you seen any japanese war movies? Like "Letters of Iwojima" or movies with war like "Grave of Fireflies"? Too much wester media aye?

Enunfields, why do you even ask? It's in China!

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I'd love to see a war movie made by Japan where they examine their failures (USA: Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Prisoners of War, Green Zone, etc....) or about heroes who were the resistance fighters (Germany: Sophie Scholl, Black Book, etc...) instead I always get movies about Japan glorifying their war efforts.

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And if it's Japanese it's 100% distorted propaganda like the rest of their approach to the war

A few moths back, I posted a comment on the Japanese approach to Angelina Jolie. When the movie Malficent came out, she was feted like Hollywood royalty and there was a big press push for everyone to go see the movie and she was the darling of the J-media. Her new movie that she produced "Unbroken" which comes out on 25 Dec and tells the true story of the American POW who was an Olympic runner and his story of being used as a propaganda piece and the treatment he received in the Japanese POW camps, is a bit to "uncomfortable" to the J-press so they have slammed it and her. Just like the movie "The Railway Man" another movie about life in a Japanese POW camp, no matter if they have big named stars in them, broach the subject of Japanese atrocities in WW2, and it will not get much play in Japan.

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Guess they like dress up as well in China. Though if they are in uniform, suppose I should wear mine.

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harvey pekarSep. 26, 2014 - 08:17AM JST I'd love to see a war movie made by Japan where they examine their failures

I have yet to see ANY Japanese war movie since The Burmese Harp where their failure wasn't being examined, "War" itself is a failure to them.

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titaniumdioxide

"Letter from [not "of"] Iwojima`was an American movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Well, seeing as about a quarter of all Chinese movies produced each year are anti-Japanese war movies, this is no surprise.

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Alphaape: Great post. Thank you.

Your example shows what goes on all the time in the media industry here. It is true the media is censored here and anything "uncomfortable" to the government view is discouraged. Companies, schools etc also do this -- Free critical thinking is NOT encouraged. Many of my friends have left to educate their kids outside of Japan for this reason.

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Philsandoz, the movie was based on the "Picture Letters from Commander in Chief "by Tadamichi Kuribayashi. Tell me if his work is a propaganda!

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I'd love to see a war movie made by Japan where they examine their failures (USA: Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Prisoners of War, Green Zone, etc....) or about heroes who were the resistance fighters (Germany: Sophie Scholl, Black Book, etc...) instead I always get movies about Japan glorifying their war efforts.

You should really expand your knowledge of Japanese cinema because there are literally dozens of movies like this.

The vast majority of films made about the war since 1945 are extremely anti-war.

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Although the Japanese have recently been making WW2 movies that fail to contextualise the war completely you could hardly accuse them of being the only country that does this. However, the recent trend of portraying Japanese soldiers in a more positive light is problematic, because there seem to be the only kind of war movie that they make these days. It is very similar to the allies after the war and all their war movies that they made showing how heroic averybody was.

At least they are not making movies that incite hatred towards anybody else.

In 2012, according to Southern Weekly 70 anti-Japanese TV series were screened in China in 2012. And in March 2013 alone the newspaper reported that 48 anti-Japanese-themed TV series were being shot simultaneously in Hengdian World Studios, a film studio in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China. Just try and get your head around that for a minute.

Lastly I urge everybody to watch The Human Condition by Masaki Kobayashi. It is a masterpiece.

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Do the communists run away in these battles? Sorry to be mean, but why are you re-enacting this all the time, PRC?

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hums Wagner's "Ride Of The Valkyries" while seeing this photo

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Hi Upgrayedd, here's a list: The Forever Zero/Eternal Zero http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eternal_Zero The Truth about Nanjing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Truth_aboutNanjing Men of the Yamamoto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamato(film) Sea without Exit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0807747/ Zero Fighter For Those we love Merdeka 17805 Battle of Okinawa Better Wishes for Tomorrow Pride Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean

And these are just from 1980. Japan's films often portray themselves as victims or heroes, not active participants.

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Yeah, the Japanese really do not like being reminded of it....But then China tends to gloss over it's own atrocities too

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Sorry about my above list, it was definitely easier to read before I clicked submit...

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Hi Upgrayedd, here's a list:

Yea and there are a whole bunch of other films that take an antiwar line. Just off the top of my head here: 24 Eyes, Harp of Burma, Fires on the Plain (and the 2014 remake: Nobi), The Human Condition, Hoodlum Soldier, The Go Master, Grave of the Fireflys, The Wind Rises......

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Performers and tourists dressed in costumes ride a motorbike during the filming of a World War II battle scene between China and Japan in Shenyang,

Communist China's anti-Japanese movie industry kills off around 1 (one) Billion Japanese soldiers per year. Some Chinese actors are making a living being killed off.

http://www.realclearworld.com/blog/2013/02/how_china_killed_one_billion_japanese_last_year.html

Rambo and Arnie couldn't hold a flame next to all those silly Gung-Fu masters and their deadly fingernails! LOL

I don't know what's worse, Bruce Lee puppet throwing fights or the Communist Chinese fighters shooting down planes with a single bullet! But what I do know is they are both great to watch after a few drinks! LOL

Not a bad business if you want to make a living being killed off by silly kung-fu masters.

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-actor-playing-japanese-soldier-dies-200-times-a-year-2013-2

Imagine what how nutz the PC crowd would get if Japan made movies showing them killing a billion Communist Chinese soldiers a year!

But, double standards is how the PC crowd works.

And the KMT is nowhere to be found......LOL Imagine Chiang Kai-shek being portrayed as a war hero in Communist China! Censors would be in front of an AK in seconds!

Stewart GaleSep. 26, 2014 - 07:16AM JST And if it's Japanese it's 100% distorted propaganda like the rest of their approach to the war.

Since when is Shenyang part of Japan? A whole lot of what ifs and maybes being tossed out there.

The only nation that continues to live in the past is Communist China.

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Since when is Shenyang part of Japan?

??? The Liaoning region - including Shenyang - was under Japanese control (via their Manchukuo puppet government) up until the end of WWII. But this article is merely stating where the movie is being filmed. Was there something I missed where the article was claiming this was being filmed in Japan?

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But then China tends to gloss over it's own atrocities too

Yup, we should all remember what China did in "The Rape of Tokyo". Wait a sec...oops, my bad.

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@maglev101 We can remember what they did/are doing in Tibet for an equal comparison.

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