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Thinking Aloud About Film: Men Behind The Sun (Mou Tun-fei, China, 1988)

A film that insists on history to dramatise the evils perpetuated on the Chinese population by Unit 732 of the Imperial Japanese Army, which dehumanised the Chinese as Murats during WWII in order to conduct biological experiments on them to weaponise biological warfare. History here is an alibi for exploitation of the worst kind. The film positively revels in the various kinds of torture to men, women and children. We compare it to Holocaust films and find it wanting by almost every ethical criterion. We denounce the clear cruelty to animals evident in the film; and we mourn the descent of such a talented filmmaker to this level of exploitation. The podcast may be listened to below:

The podcast can also be listened to on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/2zWZ7Egdy6xPCwHPHlOOaT

and on itunes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/first-impressions-thinking-aloud-about-film/id1548559546

The interview Richard refers to may be accessed here:

The filmed conversation with Mou Tun-fei we’ve referred to here and in previous podcast may be seen below:

José Arroyo