Respond "Nanking” with humanity, respect, tears & applause (4)
09:01, July 25, 2007
|"Nanking", part of filmanthropy project
During the era of booming recreation, what did an American make a film on the war against Japanese aggression for?
Ted: I believe in filmanthropy and making films that shine a light on tough subject matter and that can inspire people to ''do good'' or make charitable donations for a worthy cause.
How do you view war? From which perspective did you film this subject: a humanistic or anti-war perspective?
Ted: "Nanking" is both a humanistic and an anti-war film and that is what makes it so unique. It is a documentary that shows the horrors of war but also the bravery of unarmed people who had the courage to stand up to an invading army to save lives.
"Nanking" is a documentary film. Was there any obvious sentiment the director wished to express through the actors? What does this film tend to express?
Ted: This film is all eyewitness accounts from the Westerners, the Chinese and the Japanese. There is no original writing from our crew. The film relied on news footage, diaries, letters and eyewitness accounts to tell its stories. We let the people who were there tell the filmgoer what happened.
Violet: I worked with film directors nearly everyday and came to know their personalities and characters very well. What impresses me most is their strong sympathy. This sympathy is embodied on how they get along with the colleagues around, and how they treat persons we interview, and how they look at those suffered people in daily news. This strong sympathy on the global human beings comes from their great love for life. So I feel this is what I think where their sentiment inclinations lie.
It is said that during midway through the film's screening, employees from Japan asked to quit. What reasons were behind their desire to resign?
Ted: There was lots of public and family pressure on many of our Japanese employees to not work on this film and we understood their personal issues. There were also many people who wanted to help us make this film and to them, we are very grateful.
Is there anything you would like to say to Director Lu Chuan, who is shooting the film "Nanking! Nanking"?
Ted: We encourage director Lu Chuan to make a heartfelt, sincere and Chinese-flavored film of this time in history. We also encourage other filmmakers to make their movies as our film is just one documentary based on eyewitness accounts. There are many films to be made so let a thousand flowers bloom.
How do you decide which kind of film to invest in? Benefits should be on the top of the list of priorities, right? Investment, of course, is set to obtain profit- so what do you think "Nanking" will bring you? Have you any interest in investing in other films about the historical background of China?
Ted: "Nanking" was made without profit motive. I financed this film and produced it in its entirety on a personal basis. Once I recoup my investment, I will give all profits to the survivors and the related charities of this incident in China. At this moment, I am working on another filmanthropy project regarding homelessness but I do not have any other projects lined up regarding China.
By People's Daily Online