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g, but a deeper, more disturbing sense each Chines▓e moviegoer must face is the acceptance of the director鈥檚 depiction of Japanese soldiers as human beings who also suffer from the war. Ind

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eed, this depiction was the main reason Lu鈥檚 film drew wide▓ attention the first day it was released on the mainland. During the first half day the film was scr▓eened in China it earned 9 mi

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llion yua▓n (US$1.3 million), a rare success for homemade war epics. But such success might become the double-edged sword Lu had referred to during an interview in which he said his biggest f

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ear was the film might be pulled out of theaters because of controver▓sy it might trigger. Other films have tried to retell the depressin

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g history of the Nanjing massacre on the big screen, but Lu鈥檚 film is different from them. Filmed in black and white, the film is Lu鈥檚

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attempt to view the massacre from the eyes of different people, including an ordinary Japanese soldier name▓d Kakokawa, who joined the I

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