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In the Name of the Emperor

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PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY NANCY TONG
DISTRIBUTED BY FILM NEWS NOW FOUNDATION
230 EAST 15TH STREET, SUITE 10N
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003
52 MINUTES
COLOR. BLACK AND WHITE

In December 1937, Japanese soldiers began their occupation of Nanjing with a brutal rampage of murder and rape, known now as the “Nanjing Massacre,” or the “Rape of Nanjing.” Nancy Tong’s film is not so much an assessment of that event and its aftermath as it is an eyewitness recounting of the horrors. The story is told without fluff; it is straightforward, unadorned, and painful.