Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, also called Men Behind the Sun 4, is a 1994 Hong Kong feature film directed by Mou Tun Fei and is in many ways considered to be a follow up to the 1987 film, Men Behind the Sun.
The movie depicts the events behind the Nanking Massacre committed by the Imperial Japanese army against Chinese citizens and refugees during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
In 1937, Japanese troops raid the Chinese city of Nanking to execute a planned massacre by subjecting over 300,000 helpless civilians to various atrocities before slaughtering them all…
Like Men Behind the Sun, the film was both criticized and praised for its brutal portrayal of the Japanese atrocities, such as the notorious contest to kill 100 people using a sword, during the early and late stages of World War II, but at the same time was questioned over historical accuracy and violence which gave the film a more exploitation feel to it.
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“Is this film for the squeamish? Hell no. Does it stay with you? Yes. The violent acts are handled in a surprisingly mature manner, cutting away quickly once the atrocity has been committed. In the end, this blunt, in your face presentation may be a better representation of the events than a more tasteful account.” Film Threat
“Unfortunately the film’s manic acting and ragged camerawork detracts from the somber tone Mao is trying to create, and Mao further hampers the production by abandoning the plotline about the Chinese family about a third of the way into the film. As a result, whatever emotional focal point the film had disappears, leaving “Black Sun” to descend into a morass of repetitive slaughter.” Beyond Hollywood