THE MOVIE EVERY FILIPINO MUST SEE! WINNER OF 2007 MYRTLE BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese on innocent residents of Manila 62 years ago are finally being given recognition. The grim and thorough documentary film by Peter Parsons and Lucky Guillermo is being released to commemorate the “Battle for Manila” which began on February 3, 1945. More than a hundred thousand non-combatants perished during that period including the devastation of the city. Narrated by Cesar Montano.
The documentary puts the blame on Japanese higher authorities, contrary to the usual story that either remnant Japanese forces were trapped in Manila by the Americans and therefore decided to fight to the last man; or, that Admiral Sanji Iwabuchi disobeyed orders from General Yamashita to leave Manila, stayed, and went on a rampage of killing. The American forces are not let scot-free either: the film also shows deaths that were caused by heavy U.S. artillery.
The film is a product of research in the United States National Archives and interviews with survivors and historians by Peter Parsons and Lucky Guillermo.