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Author: María Vives Agurruza

Title: The Cultural Impact of the Nanking Massacre in Cinematography

Subtitle: On City of Life and Death (2009) and The Flowers of War (2011)

Journal: Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Year: 2016

Pages: 53-66

ISSN: 1584-1057 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2065-5002 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Asian History: Chinese History, Japanese History | Representations: Films / City of Life and Death; Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / Second Sino-Japanese War



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Author: María Vives Agurruza, Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Abstract: »The Flowers of War (2012), based on the homonymous novel by Geling Yan, and City of Life and Death (2009) are recent Chinese films that deal with the so-called ‘Nanking Massacre’ or ‘the Rape of Nanking’. The events which inspired these stories in the context of the second Sino-Japanese War will be analysed through the study and comparison of both films, together with the reasons which led the directors to fictionalise a series of events so many years after they occurred in 1937. This analysis will be carried out based on the testimonies of the foreigners who eyewitnessed the events at the time, and who left written testimony of the facts, and a comparison shall be made between the fictional and factual events.« (Source: Cultura)

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of China / History of the Republic of China | History of Asia: History of Japan / Shōwa period | Film: Chinese films / City of Life and Death | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: Second Sino-Japanese War / Japanese war crimes, Nanking Massacre