Award-winning documentary on trials of Japanese war crimes in WWII screens in UK

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Denise Wynne (left), and Leone Coyff, daughter and granddaughter of Dennis Morley, the late British survivor of Japanese cargo ship Lisbon Maru in World War II, show the letter of reply by President Xi Jinping on a documentary screening session in London on Friday. [XING YI / China Daily]

To commemorate the 77th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, a screening session of Asia-Pacific War Crimes Trials was held in London on Friday.

The award-winning documentary has been broadcast in China and the United States, and this was the first time it's been officially premiered in the United Kingdom by its producer SMG Documentary Center and co-organizer The Media Pioneers, a UK production and distribution company.

With nearly 100 attendees, including descendants of the veterans of the World War II, the screening showed one episode detailing Japanese atrocities and the inhumane transportation of Allied prisoners of war in the Pacific and how Chinese fishermen saved the prisoners from sinking ships.

Yu Guo, first secretary at the culture office of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, said in a video that he's glad to see Shanghai Media Group and The Media Pioneers work together to bring this documentary to British audiences.

"Humanity shines in the darkest time, and this part of history should be remembered," Yu said.

The documentary interviewed Dennis Morley, the last British survivor being rescued by Chinese fishermen of a Japanese cargo ship, Lisbon Maru, which was sunk by allied forces off Zhoushan, Zhejiang province in 1942.

A musician of the second battalion of the Royal Scottish Regiment, then 22-year-old Morley was one of the prisoners held on the Lisbon Maru, and was lucky to escape the sinking ship after it was hit by a torpedo. 

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