731: Two Versions of Hell

731: Two Versions of Hell

2006 / China, Taiwan, United States / 27min

Troop No. 731 was a secret unit of the imperial armywhich tested biological weapons during WW2. Although its cruel experiments on living people produced thousands of casualties, this activity is still denied by a number of Japanese historians. This documentary reacting to thegrowing historic revisionism consists of two parts: in the firstone history is presented from the Chinese perspective, thesecond part offers the Japanese interpretation. Usage of thesame shots in both parts of the film ironically demonstrates the potential to misuse any film images.The film was awarded as the Best Documentary Film of 2007 by Woody Vašulka at Jihlava International Festival.



  • Original title
    731: Two Versions of Hell
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    James T. Hong
  • Dir. of Photo.
    James T. Hong, Yin-Ju Chen
  • Editing
    James T. Hong
  • Music
    James T. Hong, Yin-Ju Chen
  • Sound
    Zukunsmusik, Ball Bearing
  • Duration
    27 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • China
    • Taiwan
    • United States
  • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    James T. Hong
    13860 Canoe Brook Drive, Apt. 5K
    CA. 90740 Seal Beach
    United States
    e-mail: zukunftsmusik@gmail.com
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
  • Awards


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