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The documentary offers personal information about the Second Sino-Japanese War through the stories of the first generation of Chinese Air Force pilots Edit Translation
However, looking more closely, the director and his team offer a rare view of the past through interviews with 40 surviving pilots and their relatives in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Personal narratives are carried forward through letters, poems, photographs and interviews.
Filmmakers emphasize the role of women, revealing the cruelty of war through the eyes of writers and scholars who have lived through the period.
While the choice of writers gives the film a pronounced literary tone, the actor Chin Shih-chieh brings more nuance to the emotional core of the film as the narrator offscreen.
The film begins in 1932, shortly after the Republic of China founded the Central Aviation School in Jianqiao, Hangzhou, in anticipation of a total war with Japan. Upon entering the academy, it would verify the school motto, which says: "Our bodies, airplanes and bombs must perish along with enemy troops, ships and fortifications. "" No other aviation school in the world would have a motto like this, "says the narrator off-screen. During the second Sino-Japanese war, 1,700 Chinese pilots took to the skies, and among them, every six in ten gave their lives during the initial phase of the war. Movie doc worth a look.
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