NANJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Film producers from
China, the United States and Britain started to shoot a new movie on the Nanjing
Massacre Tuesday in Nanjing, the Chinese city that witnessed one of the worst
Japanese war crimes during its occupation 70 years ago.
"Purple Mountain", a film adapted from Iris Chang's
international bestseller, "The Rape of Nanking", depicts the atrocities of 1937
and 1938 through the eyes of a middle-class Chinese mother and her daughter.
Gerald Green, the American producer of the film, said
he hoped it would have an impact on audiences similar to that of Steven
Spielberg's Holocaust film Schindler's List.
But as yet, the producers have not revealed who will
be starring in the film, a question that has intrigued the public since plans
for the new movie were announced last summer.
Production of the film, by Jiangsu Cultural Industry
Group based in Nanjing and Hollywood entertainment firm Viridian, will cost
about 400 million yuan (51 million U.S. dollars), the Chinese producers said.
The Nanjing Massacre occurred in December 1937 when
Japanese troops occupied the then capital of China. An estimated 300,000 Chinese
were killed, one third of the houses in the city were burned and more than
20,000 women raped.
The movie will be based on "The Rape of Nanking: The
Forgotten Holocaust of World War II" by the late American Chinese writer Iris
Chang. The book was the first, full-length English-language narrative of the
atrocity to reach a wide audience. It became a New York Times Notable Book, and
was cited by Bookman Review Syndicate as one of the best books of 1997.
The screenplay was written by U.S. screenwriter
William Macdonald, and Chinese director Luo Guanquan, who shot China's first
film on the Nanjing Massacre in 1987, serves as the art guide for the movie.