I ran into this via Shanghaiist :

A film about the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, based on the late Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking, is going to be made this coming year, with expected release dates in China of late 2007 and 2008 worldwide.

Sorry I’m about to get political..

I’m definitely all for awareness of what actually happened in Nanking during the Japanese WWII invasion BUT I’m extremely worried about how this will turn out. I wouldn’t even dare to make this event into a movie.

If the film does any justice to the book and what ACTUALLY happened during the Massacre, it’ll probably be the most gory, most violent, most disgusting film ever produced. Hands down. I’ve seen really powerful, moving, heart-braking war films but if this event is eventually put to screen, this would probably trump them all. It’s probably because it’s so close to home (me being Chinese).

After reading the book myself (though not having to finish it because it was too distrubing), I thought if I would be able to make a movie about the Massacre. Easily, no matter how much someone would pay me to direct the film, be it like 10 million or whatever, I honestly would say I wouldn’t be able to do it (seriously). To me, its just a way too sensitive and a heart-wrenching subject to be put on screen. For thousands tortured, raped and killed (est 300,000 in 3 months), I don’t think I can do justice to the victims. I think the content and the pure vividness of the book written by Chang (who committed suicide) was too graphic and too much for any reader.

I admire the balls on whoever is directing this film but it better be damn good, it better be sensitive to the victims and it better have a great angle on the story. I honestly wouldn’t even know how they can make a story out of it.

I think its good to promote awareness for the event but as some Chinese, there are still some built up tension towards the Japanese. Making this film will only make things worse. Riots and boycotts over the Japanese occured 2 years ago (?) when it was learned that the Japanese were altering and neglecting parts of WWII. This included the specific events of Nanjing. As well, the current Japanese PM continue to mourn the war criminals, some of whom were part of this event. Imagine if this film gets produced and viewed. The last thing anyone wants is excessive nationalism  in China, a reminder of what happened and resulting hatred toward the Japanese.

I’m not saying let’s forget about the event but I wish there was a better way to aware people of what happened and I don’t know if a film is the best way to do it. Let’s hope to God the studio whoever is producing it isn’t looking solely for financial purposes.

If it were up to me, I’d rather not have the film produced. If and/or when the film comes out, I don’t think I will be able to watch it unless the angle of the film is different from the one of the book. The book and the real photos of what happened were already too graphic/vivid enough for me.

If you want to learn more about the Nanjing Massacre, click here.

Side note:

I do not hold any hate or anger towards the Japanese because the WW2 masscre in Nanjing. I believe it is completely wrong that a lot of Chinese have blamed the Japanese people and believed all the Japanese people during that time should be responsible for the event.

The only ones who should be responsible are the ones who tortured, raped and killed the victims of the Nanjing Massacre- The Japanese army who performed the killings, the government who were aware of what was happening at the time and the supervisors who allowed the army to willingly take the lives of hundreds of thousands of victims.

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July 4, 2006

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I’ve always digged what they did over at Flavorpill and now they’re providing a cool new service called Activate. Every friday, Activate provides news (via email) thats significant from sources such as the BBC, the Independent and the LA times. Activate intends to provide the most important and significant news from around the world. so you can read about what’s going on in Darfur instead of who’s calling Lindsay Lohan a fire crotch over at CNN.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially apologized and offered compensation for the racist head tax once applied to Chinese immigrants.

Honestly, WHAT THE FUCK took so long? Seriously? We're in the year 2006 and the Canadian government apologizes now? How long has it been since the Head Tax was removed? 1923? So after 83 years, Canada finally grows some balls and officially admitted they were wrong. You would expect with all the Chinese immigrants in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s (well…you get the point) that moved to Canada and helped build what Canada is today that the government would apologize for this Head Tax. Alright, so if you haven't heard about it, here's a brief description of what Canada did:

Basically, the head tax, ranging from $50 to $500, was given to Chinese immigrants from 1885 until 1923 when immigration from China was banned entirely until 1947. What is so appalling is the Canadian government didn't introduce the bill until AFTER the Canadian Railway was built. The very SAME Canadian Railway that the Chinese were brought to built, often treated as slaves, many even died while constructing it. Yet, the Chinese still did not receive any recognition from the government or Sir John A Mcdonald after the completion of the railway and to add insult to injury they slap a Head Tax on immigrants ONLY from China so no more Chinese can be brought to Canada.

As much as I don't like Harper and his policies, you gotta hand it to him and give him respect for a much needed but well overdue apology. You kinda wonder why didn't any of the previous P.Ms didn't do it sooner.