Unit 731 (a film about WWII & human experimentation)
“Unit 731” tells the story of how WWII’s Axis Powers formed, and specifically focuses on Japan’s activities in China.
The rise of the Axis Powers predominately occurred during the 1930s. “Unit 731” ties together the rise of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and Fascist Italy. Parallel to this timeline is the development of biological and chemical warfare facilities in Northern China.
Before and during WWII, Japan conducted some of the most gruesome experiments to have ever been performed on living humans. Most of the victims were Russian and Chinese. In conjunction with these ‘scientific’ endeavors, Imperial Japan also launched a series of attacks on Chinese civilians in an attempt to break their will to fight. Millions would die.
The United States did not pursue war crimes prosecution in exchange for the data collected from the experiments. Given the nature of Japan’s complete surrender, the USA quickly turned Japan into an ally against the new enemy, Communism. Since the end of World War II, the United States and Japan have politically isolated Russia and China. But today, that alliance is under pressure given the strength of a rising China.
The injustices of Japan’s WWII atrocities have contributed to the frustrations between it and China that still linger today.
2015 Humanitarian Award
2015 Golden Angel Award Best Documentary
Chinese American Film Festival
2016 Platinum Award American Pixel Academy
2016 Moondance Film Festival Award for Best Documentary
2016 Platinum Remi Award Worldfest Houston
2016 Telly Award