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The Battle of China (1944)

The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.

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Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Claire Chennault Claire Chennault ... Himself (archive footage)
Kai-Shek Chiang Kai-Shek Chiang ... Himself (archive footage)
Madame Chiang Madame Chiang ... Herself (archive footage) (as Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
Teh Chu Teh Chu ... Himself (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage)
William F. Halsey ... Himself (looks up from desk) (archive footage)
Hirohito ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Huston ... Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage)
William Mayer William Mayer ... Himself (as Col. William Mayer)
Louis Mountbatten ... Himself (archive footage)
Puyi Puyi ... Himself (archive footage) (as Henry Pu-yi)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Joseph W. Stilwell Joseph W. Stilwell ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of China: Assault on the Great Wall See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: 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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Alternate Versions

A patriotic Australian version includes a brief epilogue exhorting Australians to resist the Japanese. See more »

Connections

Featured in Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Dies Irae
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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Graphic, but very motivating.
8 January 2001 | by planet groovySee all my reviews

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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