Sunday, December 02, 2007

Nanking (Documentary 2007)

This wasn't your average documentary in terms of format, because they pretty much hired actors to sit in a chair and act like they were the real people who lived through some of the atrocities that happened during WWII. Most of the dialogue was taken from letters and memoirs written by expatriates living in Nanking at the time of the Japanese occupation of the city.

The account of what happened was pretty gruesome and disturbing, but in times of war, all bets are off. During any chaotic time, soldiers from all sides will preform inhumane and unethical acts against an enemy country. I'm sure if we went back in time to the days of the Roman Empire or Alexander the Great, you would find similar acts being committed. But even so, in the more-so civilized world of today, we often hope that ethics and personal values will overcome the intrinsic barbarism that seems to exist in humans.

If you're interested in what happened in Nanking during the Second World War, this film will give you a detailed account of past events. The morale of the movie is that war is bad...for everyone...and that is why we should avoid it at all costs.
Rating - B