Sunday, January 31, 2010
BLACK SUN: THE NANKING MASSACRE (1995)
Also known as MEN BEHIND THE SUN 4 this is an amazingly nihilistic gross-out of a movie. You get fetuses ripped out of pregnant bellies, a baby boiled alive, decapitations, bloody raping and other exploitative scenes mixed in with actual footage of naughty World War II Japanese soldiers to create a really powerful message about the cruelties man subjects his fellow man to in the name of power or glory or whatever other excuse nations want to use to justify barbaric behavior. I thought this was better done than the 1st MAN BEHIND THE SUN movie which was fairly similar and directed by the same fellow. The main difference is this one doesn't cover any of the medical experimentation stuff just soldier on civilian brutality. PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE is supposed to be the epitome of the Japanese WWII war atrocity films but that thing is over 4 hours long!! I've personally only managed to sit through about 1 quarter of it because it moves so damned slow and seems pretty boring. This film here cuts right to heads rolling action. So check it out for an interestingly depressing time.
Cool documentary about director T.F. Mou: