With the exception of films like the documentary IN THE NAME OF THE EMPEROR and the exploitative BLACK SUN, and the late Iris Chang's acclaimed book The Rape of Nanking
, surprisingly scant attention has been devoted to the brutal 1937 destruction of the then Chinese capital of Nanking by the Japanese occupiers. An conservatively estimated 250,000 Chinese civilians of all ages were murdered along side Chinese soldiers, and many after have been subjected to horrifying tortures. Rape and sexual mutilation were commonplace. The reasons for the savagery and the subsequent silence surrounding the slaughter are complex and still sensitive -- Japan has yet to acknowl...