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China unveils rare star power of Oscar entry (2)

(China Daily)

07:40, December 12, 2011

China says invading Japanese troops slaughtered 300,000 men, women and children in Nanjing, then known as Nanking. An Allied tribunal after World War II put the death toll at about 142,000.

But some Japanese historians say the massacre has been exaggerated and some conservatives deny there was even a massacre.

Sino-Japanese ties have been overshadowed for years by what Beijing says has been Tokyo's refusal to admit to atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers in the country between 1931 and 1945.

"Obviously there are fewer people in the West who are familiar with the Rape of Nanking. Myself, I knew about it. I owned the book and had never read it. So I came to know far more about it," Bale added.

Billed as the first Chinese movie to star a major Western actor, the country has high hopes it will snag an Oscar.

Zhang downplayed that.

"We can work as hard as possible but really it's up to the gods. I really don't understand what the rules are for getting an Oscar," he said.

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elee at 2011-12-12183.39.42.*
Well done, Bale! Best way to tell the western world and asian world is this tragic movie of fact & figure of the most barbaric war invented by the Japnanese imperial armed forces against China. NO more ever!!
dave chiu at 2011-12-12184.66.11.*
It is good to get the story out and let people know.

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