Saturday, June 09, 2018

Why can’t we make good war films?


Following his 2016 box office hit Hacksaw Ridge , a story about a war hero Desmond Doss, the medic who refused to bear any arms, director Mel Gibson is going to shoot another war picture about heroes. Titled Destroyer, his new film is about USS Laffey, DD-724, a ship almost sunk by Kamikazes but her captain refused to quit and led his men to fight relentlessly in the Okinawa campaign.

I am looking forward to watching this movie, for  ever since my childhood, I have been very interested in watching all sorts of movies using war or anything military as background.

As a veteran moviegoer, my only regret is that there are really few war movies locally produced.

I can understand the producers’ excuses---no one wants to invest such movies and no one wants to see them. These excuses suck.

I don’t expect local producers to make epic films like The Longest Day or The Bridge on the River Kwai, though. I mean are not there any good stories about our military after KMT lost the civil war to the Chinese Communist Party and withdrew to Taiwan in 1949? 

From 1949 to 1987, the year when the martial law was lifted, our armed forces paid dearly fighting the communists. We are all familiar with their heroic actions. The air battles against People’s Liberation Army Migs, the Black Cat Squadron and the Black Bat Squadron launching long-range recon missions, the frogmen infiltrating behind enemy lines, and the ordinary foot soldiers guarding those tiny off-shore islands etc., there are tons of good stories about devotion and sacrifice. Unfortunately, neither the government nor the film producers care less about the history of our struggle against the communism and for protecting our freedom and democratic way of life and our freedom.

In addition to its entertaining effects, movies, in my opinion, are the best media to educate our generations to remember our history.

It seems, however, too much of a request to ask the ruling party now to pay a little attention to this idea.


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