History Rediscovered: The Battle of China
The sixth film in Frank Capra's acclaimed "Why We Fight" propaganda series "The Battle of China" focuses on Japan's invasion of China. Special attention is paid to the history of China and the origins of the conflict, including Japan's "Tanaka Memorial" plan for conquest. A moving, human portrait of a nation beset by tragedy, the documentary highlights the grim determination of the Chinese, who lose battle after battle yet stay in the fight. Made in 1944, as the bloodbath in the Pacific intensified and America's sacrifices became more profound, this film makes certain to underscore Japanese atrocities in China. These include the unprovoked attack on Shanghai and the mass murder of civilians that became known as the "Rape of Nanking." The film also highlights some of the well-known stories of America's activities in the China Front, such as the building of the Ledo Road, General Stilwell, and the activities of the "Flying Tigers" fighter squadron.
Starring Claire Chennault, Kai-Shek Chiang, Madame Chiang
Director Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak