THE CROPPING IN THE BATTLE OF CHINA February 10, 2008Posted by TAMAGAWABOAT in Blogroll, Frank Capra, Nanking Massacre, Rape of Nanking, WW2.
“The Battle of China” is the U.S.Defense Department’s war-time propaganda film that Frank Capra (1897-1991) directed in order to stir up enmity against Japan. This film was released in the United States in 1944. This film aroused American’s sympathy for Chinese people and succeeded in gaining support for indiscriminate bombing of Japanese cities from American public opinion. As a result, Japanese 66 cities were burnt down and more than 800,000 innocent and unarmed Japanese people (including Hiroshima and Nagasaki) were made victims of America’s bare-knuckled bombing strikes.
“The Battle of China” may be still thought to be historical facts of Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1945) among not only Chinese people but also people all over the world. On the other hand, in Japan, many atrocities’ footage in “The Battle of China” has been thought to be occupied by either “staged footage” or “unrelated footage” for a long time. As it were, “The Battle of China” is the promoter to have distorted historical facts of Sino-Japanese War. However, there wasn’t a person who proved staged footages of “The Battle of China” by evidence in the past.
Two years ago, when I watched a film (another film disconnected from “The Battle of China”) by accident, I noticed something familiar footage in this film. I didn’t know the title of this film at the time. A few weeks later, I unexpectedly met this familiar footage that I watched in “The Battle of China”. I assured that “The battle of China” trimmed off a right half of the original image at the time. (Cropping/Trimming) This questionable footage stepped on the part of “the fall of Nanking” in “The Battle of China”. The left half of the original image showed as if two men were shot on a Japanese officer’s orders in Nanking of 1937. This footage of executions in “The Battle of China” has been thought that Japanese soldiers shot to kill Chinese citizens from behind. Two men have been thought to be shot on Japanese officer’s orders. Because Japanese officer’s face appeared once in “The Battle of China” and gave an order to shoot them dead. Meanwhile, this right half of the original image showed a few soldiers who put on never-seen-before uniforms and had rifles at the ready. However, I found out what never-seen-before uniforms were at once.
These uniforms turned out to be Chinese Kuomintang’s one (=Chinese Nationalist Party). The original film showed Chinese Kuomintang’s soldiers actually killed two Chinese communists by shooting. I suppose these Chinese soldiers were boys. Because they were very short and had somewhat gawky movements. And more, Chinese Nationalist Party recruited so many boys as soldiers in those days.
Frank Capra trimmed off the right half of the original image that showed Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers were holding rifles at the ready on purpose. And more, he inserted the film of an unrelated Japanese officer’s face into this “shooting death” scene. This scene turned out to be “staged scene”. And yet, this cropped footage proves Frank Capra gave Japanese soldiers bum-rap for barbaric atrocities. As it turned out afterwards, this original film’s title is “The Shanghai Document” (Шанхайский документ) and was released in 1928 in the Soviet era. “The Shanghai Document” was shot in Shanghai and dealt with “The April 12 Incident (= Shanghai Massacre 1927)” that Chiang Kai-shek’s Chinese Kuomintang clamped down Shanghai Commune by brute force. It estimated that more than 300 Chinese Communists were executed by Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) Army. (* The Shanghai Document: Yakov Blyokh [Яков Блиох],1895-1957)
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