Richard's Review of Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha (Men Behind The Sun 4) (Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre)
Brutal, brutal stuff. The beginning caught me off guard, as I was expecting the cheesiness from Laboratory of the Devil and A Narrow Escape (The second and third films in the series). No such luck; it's bleak drama in its unadulterated form, returning to the morbid realism from the first Men Behind the Sun. It's part of the Men Behind the Sun series, I guess, because in Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, the Japanese are portrayed as racial-supremacist villains, and the black, morbid mood doesn't let up for the entire film. The events are different; no Unit 731, but it probably links both the unethical experimentations with the Rape of Nanking, as both document the Japanese treating the non-Japanese as subhuman. The few characters we sympathize with are disposed of like objects. All Chinese civilians are targets to whatever heinous acts the Japanese military can come up with. They remorselessly kill and it's literally a free for all with the Japanese wielding weapons, and the Chinese defenselessly recoiling in terror. I'd known and read about the Massacre before, but was not aware of its historical controversy in terms of dispute; apparently, some deny the statistics. Reading over sourced articles online, the numbers appear the same, and it's pretty accurate to what Black Sun shared visually and in text. Black Sun is intent on providing documented evidence with documentary footage, and photos of certain incidents during the Massacre. Disturbing!