The Truth about Nanjing

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The Truth about Nanjing (南京の真実, Nankin no shinjitsu) is a 2007 film by Japanese nationalist filmmaker Satoru Mizushima[1] about the 1937 Nanking Massacre.

The film was backed by nationalistic figures including Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara and public donations,[2] and was intended to expose what the filmmakers saw as propaganda[3] aspects of the Nanking Massacre. Less than a month before the 70th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre, the director said in an interview[2] that Japanese war criminals were martyrs who were made into scapegoats for war crimes as Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross in order to bear the sins of the world, and they died bearing all of old Japan's good and bad parts. He also claimed that the Nanjing Massacre was a politically motivated frame-up by China and the numerous Western eyewitnesses, whose accounts form the basis of the historical understanding of the Nanjing Massacre. These accounts were, according to the filmmakers, espionage activities.

Mizushima said that the project was meant to counter the film Nanking, a 2007 American documentary, which he believed was "based on fabrications and gives a false impression"[4] and which he perceives to be a "setup by China to control intelligence".


"The Truth about Nanjing" is a three-part film.

This part shows the last day of the seven people who were condemned to death in 1948 by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and executed on 23 December 1948 at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo. The film focuses on Iwane Matsui's campaign in Nanking through flashbacks. Focus is put on each of the seven men.

  • The second section was for verification. (Documentary)
  • The third section was for America. (Drama)


The cast of the first part

Political supporters[edit]

A number of serving national-level Japanese politicians came out in support of the film.[5]

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  1. ^ "Japanese filmmaker to deny Nanjing massacre". Taipei Times. January 26, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b The Washington Post Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ Hongo, Jun (January 25, 2007). "Filmmaker to paint Nanjing slaughter as just myth". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Schilling, Mark (January 24, 2007). "Docs offer rival visions of Nanking". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  5. ^ McNeill, David (December 6, 2007). "Look back in anger". The Japan Times. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

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