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Hardly a jolly romp, Lu Chuan’s gorgeously shot drama remains to my mind the “best” film to tackle the Nanking Massacre. Most interesting is the decision to depict sympathetic Japanese characters as well as negative ones, rather than tarring them all with the same brush that is seen all too-often. Some have called this China’s Schindler’s List, and while I’m not going to begin comparing the two atrocities, there is no doubt both pack a serious emotional wallop whilst remaining impressive feats of dramatic entertainment.

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