Questi due films basati su un drammatico e orribile fatto storico poco conosciuto, ovvero il massacro di Nanchino in Cina, potrebbero collocarsi benissimo come prequel del libro di Philip Dick “La Svastica sul Sole” (The Man in the High Castle). Il massacro operato dall’esercito giapponese ai danni della inerme popolazione cinese dell’isola di Nanchino nel 1937 conta un numero impressionante di caduti civili, circa 300 mila vittime decedute in seguito a barbare torture. Tutt’oggi questo avvenimento e’ fonte di tensioni fra Cina e Giappone, come avviene fra Turchia e Armenia per il genocidio armeno e fra Russia e Polonia per il massacro di Kaitlyn.
Movie plot: “City of War”
1937 – As the globe stands on the brink of World War II, Shanghai has fallen and deadly Japanese bombers target the infamous city of Nanking, China. As panic breaks out and savage bombing raids devastate the city, veteran entrepreneur John Rabe (who worked at Siemens AG China Corporation), a German living the high life in the social whirl of Nanking, must make a agonizing choice: to flee or give sanctuary to the terrified population within the gates of his factory. In a press release to foreign reporters, Tang Shengzhi announced the city would not surrender and would fight to the death. Tang gathered about 100,000 soldiers, largely untrained, including Chinese troops who had participated in the Battle of Shanghai.
Della serie: “ha detto che devi mori'”; to prevent civilians from fleeing the city, he ordered troops to guard the port, as instructed by Chiang Kai-shek. The defense force blocked roads, destroyed boats, and burnt nearby villages, preventing widespread evacuation. As the Japanese army drew closer to Nanking, Chinese civilians fled the city in droves. The people of Nanking fled in panic not only because of the dangers of the anticipated battle but also because they feared the deprivation inherent in the scorched earth strategy that the Chinese troops were implementing in the area surrounding the city. The Kuomintang (KMT) had issued a statement that they were determined to turn every Chinese national and every piece of their soil into ash, rather than turn them over to the opponent. The Nanking garrison force set fire to buildings and houses, military barracks, private homes, the Chinese Ministry of Communication, forests and even entire villages—were burnt to cinders, at an estimated value of 20 to 30 million (1937) US dollars.
Della serie: “cornuti e mazziati”; the Chinese government left for relocation on December 1, and the president left on December 7, leaving the fate of Nanking to an International Committee led by John Rabe. German businessman John Rabe was elected as its leader, in part because of his status as a member of the Nazi Party and the existence of the German-Japanese bilateral Anti-Comintern Pact. When the Imperial Japanese Army discovers rich Nazi Rabes selfless operation, they see it an act of high treason. As a wave of brutality is unleashed on Nanking, Rabe and his comrades find themselves in a race against time to fight for a safety zone to protect the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of this ultimate act of war. He sheltered approximately 200,000 Chinese people from slaughter during the massacre. But as the bombings desist, a perilous siege begins.
Ed ecco un altro film di produzione cinese sul massacro di Nanchino dal titolo “City of Life & Death “;
Nel video seguente potete vedere (se vi regge lo stomaco) agghiaccianti scene dell’epoca che mostrano cinesi seppelliti vivi in fosse comuni, annegati, bruciati vivi, donne incinte stuprate e mutilate, scene di esecuzioni sommarie;