London-based distributor TVF International has acquired the international rights to the History Channel Asia doc special WWII: China’s Forgotten War.
The 2 x 48-minute special was coproduced by Infocus Asia and China International Communication Centre and aired to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The doc focuses on the struggle between China and Japan, which became the war’s longest conflict. The filmmakers combine interviews with survivors, archival footage and animated reconstructions to recount the Japanese invasion in 1937, the ‘Rape of Nanjing,’ the Pearl Harbor attack and the Japanese surrender in 1945.
“At a time when the world is watching the rise of China, the film provides new and unique insight into the lasting legacy of this conflict, and may help to promote greater understanding between China and other countries around the world,” said TVF’s China specialist Julian Chou-Lambert in a statement.
“What we wanted to get across was the role China played in the war, which often gets lost in most Western histories of the conflict,” added Rana Mitter, the special’s host and author of China’s War with Japan 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival. “Without the Chinese contribution, it’s much harder to see an Allied victory in Asia during the war. And without the British and Americans, it’s also much harder to see a Chinese victory.”