BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — A Chinese film portraying the trial of Japanese WWII war criminals – "Tokyo Trial"- will be shown in cinemas and around 100 universities across the country on September 18 to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of Japan’s armed invasion of China.
The cinema ticket price will be 10 yuan (about 1.3 U.S. dollars), half its normal price, and students, servicemen, teachers, lawyers and judges will all enjoy further discounts, Yan Wei, a media liaison director of the distributor Oriental Film and Television, said on Sunday.
"Tokyo Trial", shot by Chinese director Gao Quanshu, recounts the court proceedings against 28 top Japanese war criminals at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after the war.
Gao claims "Tokyo Trial" accurately portrays how a Chinese judge involved in the court case managed to sway the opinion of aninternational panel of 11 judges to "narrowly avert a miscarriage of justice".
Chinese judge Mei Ru’ao gave the last speech of two years of court proceedings, charging the defendants with stealing Chinese resources and crimes against humanity. He secured a majority of six for death penalties for the seven class A war criminals, including Hideki Tojo, Kenji Doihara and Koki Hirota.
"The movie evokes patriotism and a pursuit of peace, rather than stirring hatred between China and Japan, said Mao Shi’an, a movie critic in Shanghai.
The low-budget film boasts a star-studded cast. Hong Kong veteran Kenneth Tsang plays a Chinese prosecutor and Damian Lau, a judge. Taiwan starlet Kelly Lin plays a Japanese girl who falls in love with a Chinese journalist, played by Taiwan heartthrob Ken Zhu.
American and Japanese actors also have parts in the film, including Broadway actor John Henry Cox who acted as the chief prosecutor.
Yan Wei said that his company is contacting the cinema circuit in Tokyo and he believes the movie will be screened in the Japanese capital.
The movie has recorded 10 million yuan at the box office since it debuted on September 1 in China. Enditem