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Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre

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Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre
Black Sun Nanking Massacre Poster.jpg
Country HOK.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by Mou Tun Fei
Release Date 1995
Language Cantonese
Studio T.F. Film Company
Main Cast
Character Actor

Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha, 黑太陽─南京大屠殺) is a 1995 Hong Kong war drama about the Nanking Massacre in December 1937. The film was also released as Men Behind the Sun 4 as it was the fourth in the line of Hong Kong films about the events of Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II in the Far East, starting with Men Behind the Sun (1988).

The following weapons were used in the film Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre:


Nambu Type 14

Imperial Japanese Army officers use Nambu Type 14 pistols.

Early Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
An officer executes a venerable Buddhist monk.
A close view of a Nambu pistol.


Arisaka Type 38

Imperial Japanese Army soldiers are armed wtih Arisaka Type 38 rifles, mostly seen with attached bayonets. In the opening scene Chinese soldiers are also seen with Arisaka rifles instead of issued Mausers.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
An Arisaka rifle on the body of a Chinese soldier.
A Japanese soldier bayonets a Chinese soldier.
A soldier patrols with his rifle on sling.
Arisaka Type 38 rifle with Type 30 bayonet - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka.
A soldier aims his rifle at a Buddhist monk.
A soldier with Arisaka rifle pursues a Chinese woman, trying to escape.
A close view of a bayonet.
A close view of a barrel.

Type Zhongzheng Rifle

In the scene of a military parade of Japanese troops some soldiers carry Mauser-style rifles that appear to be Chinese Type Zhongzheng Rifles. They are seen very blurry due to fast motion, and only barrels can be seen.

Type Zhongzheng rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Black Sun-Mauser-2.jpg
Black Sun-Mauser-3.jpg

Machine Guns

Type 11 Light Machine Gun

Japanese troops use Type 11 light machine guns.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Two Type 11s are mounted on sidecars.
A close view of a Type 11.
A barrel of a Type 11.
A Japanese soldier carries a Type 11 during the military parade.

Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun

Japanese troops also use Type 3 heavy machine guns.

Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm SR
A Japanese soldier aims his machine gun.
A close view of Type 3 and Maxim-Tokarev.
A Type 3 and a Maxim-Tokarev are used during the mass execution of Chinese people.
A Type 3 is seen from the back. This view allows to identify the machine gun as a Type 3 rather than a Type 92.


In the opening scene several belt-fed light machine guns are seen among the bodies of dead Chinese soldiers. They appear to be Soviet Maxim-Tokarev (or simply MT) machine guns. Later MTs are also used by Japanese troops. In reality some number of MTs was supplied to Chinese Kuomintang troops so they could be captured and reused by Japanese army.

Maxim-Tokarev M1926 light machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
An MT is seen on the battlefield.
A Japanese soldier at the right mans an MT. It appears to be an even more rare version of this machine gun, fitted with a pistol grip instead of a rifle stock.
A close view of the muzzle.
A soldier fires the MT.
A close view of Type 3 and Maxim-Tokarev.
A stock of MT is seen.
A soldier fires MT without using a bipod. Next to him an assistant holds the cartridge belt.

Hand Grenades

Type 67 stick grenade

Both Chinese and Japanese soldiers are seen with stick hand grenades. They appear to be Type 67 stick grenades, standing for similar looking Japanese Type 98 and Chinese Type 23.

Type 67 High-Explosive Fragmentation stick grenade
A Chinese soldier blows himself up, together with his enemy.
A Japanese soldier prepares to throw a grenade in the entrance of a Chinese temple.

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