In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
In the year 2000, the United States Library of Congress mandated that this film (and the other six documentaries in the Why We Fight series) were "culturally significant" and selected them for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »
The film mentions the "Tanaka Memorial" several times as being a document mapping out the proposed Japanese conquest of China, and eventually the United States (the document itself does not mention conquest beyond China). When this film was produced the Tanaka Memorial was accepted as factual, however there is no evidence it was produced by the Japanese. It was first published in 1929 in China, and is generally accepted as a well written anti-Japanese hoax. See more »
But what kind of people are the Chinese? Well, in four thousand years of continuous history, China has never fought a war of aggression. They're *that* kind of people.
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A patriotic Australian version includes a brief epilogue exhorting Australians to resist the Japanese. See more »
This, like the other films in the series, is a propaganda film. That being said, it is a very good documentary. This is due to three reasons. 1)Capra was a very good director 2)It is truthful - the information is not skewed by the film's agenda and 3)the battle footage speaks for itself. The narration is a bit overdramatic, but that is typical I think of movies in this era. I enjoyed this and will definitely watch the other films in the series.
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