Kukan, a documentary about China’s resistance against the Japanese invasion during World War II, was shown to Chinese audiences more than 70 years after it was made.
The Oscar winning documentary, “Kukan: The Battle Cry of China”, was filmed by American correspondent Rey Scott.
The 85-minute movie has never been screened in China and was considered lost after World War II.
SOUNDBITE: (CHINESE)ZHANG YUANYUAN, Theater goer
“This is the first time that I see ordinary people’s lives through the eyes of foreigners. I was touched by our people’s optimism and confidence. We can feel the history and get strength through great documentaries like this.”
More than 17 minutes of the film showed a two-day air attack by the Japanese invaders in Chongqing, China’s wartime capital during the Japanese invasion, in August 1940.
Scott managed to record the scenes from the roof of the U.S. embassy.
SOUNDBITE:(CHINESE) ZHOU YONG, Researcher
“The footage shows Japan’ s indiscriminate bombing against this peaceful city. The maniac attack has no restriction so that it became a slaughter of innocent civilians. This film is the best proof of Japan’ s war crime.”
The research and collaborative innovation center of Chongqing has acquired the right to use the film for 20 years in China, including the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.