Men Behind The Sun 4 (1995)
AKA: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha
Directed by: Tun Fei Mou
Starring: Liang Zhang
Country: Hong Kong, Asian Cinema
Language: Cantonese (English Subtitles)
Genres: Military, Based on a True Story, Gore-Gruesome, Fascism, Old-Young, Violence against Men, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Medical
Plot – Spoilers:
Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre is the final movie in the Men Behind The Sun series and is quite a worthy finale in its brutality.
Unlike the previous three that focused on Unit 731’s human experiments in germ warfare, this one narrates the capture of Nanking by the Japanese Army and the brutalities inflicted on the civilian Chinese population.
While there are no central characters, it does vaguely follow a representative Chinese family and a few Japanese officers. It also focuses interestingly on victors in war. While the earlier movies in the series revolved around the single common goal of achieving victory, here we get a different view.
When victory has been achieved, the focus shifts to competition among officers, squabbles over ideologies that must be imposed on the populace, debates on the quality of different samurai swords based on their efficacy in achieving kills, and inevitably – how to indulge our base instincts when anything and everything goes.
Men Behind The Sun 4 has black & white inserts of documentary footage in between the massacre, rape and pillage. There are also several effed up scenes including a domino-effect mass cremation of thousands of dead and injured Chinese by a lake, a pregnant woman attacked with a bayonet and the unborn child speared and a couple of nasty encounters with infants and children.
Honestly, I think this is the best in the one series. Not only is the gore incredible but the fact that’s its so historically accurate makes it very difficult to enjoy scenes knowing that this shit happened.
This is Mandarin not Cantonese. It’s even spoken with a Beijing accent which makes me think this movie was made with funding from Mainland China.
Based on a true story? so so very loosely. Yeah, Japan invaded Nanking, that’s as accurate as it gets. Purely Chinese propaganda.
H.Tojo, in reply to your comment – I am not sure if you are Japanese but if so, this is just your bias and shame of the country past you have. What happened in Unit 731, with hard evidence no doubt shows Japans ruthlessness towards any other nation (primarily China though). The events occurring here, after the hard evidence shown of the brutality of U731, are very believable actions by the Imperial Japanese at this time. There is also hard photo evidence of the events that occured in Nanking at the time, so you are just heavily misinformed. For anyone reading this, this film and the first MBTS movie depicts historically true events, maybe not 100% in line, but very very close.
There is a reason that the 2 only atomic bombs to ever been used in warfare in all of mankind were to Japan, mfers acted out of serious line & got put in they place. They committed some atrocities back then, along with MANY MANY other countries and cultures.
Who cares if bunch of ugly ass people have died. What really important is the safety of white chicks in eastern europe.
Very powerfull, great directing, I didn’t expect that !