The city of Shanghai in China. Buildings in the city. Point of view shots from a moving vehicle passing through busy streets of Shanghai China heading first north along the Bund; over Garden Bridge; then returning heading south to Nanking Road and then heading along Nanking Road. Vehicles parked on the sides of a street. Buildings along the streets. People walking on sidewalks. Vehicles including trucks, bicycles, horsecarts, moving on the roads. Vehicles crossing a bridge. Traffic including horse drawn carriages and vehicles on a road. Huge buildings on either side of the road. Various views of the buildings and people on the road. Men riding bicycles, buses and other motor vehicles on the road. Close up view of a streetcar or trolley on the road. Several banners with Chinese letters displayed on the buildings.Numerous rickshaws seen.
Film reviews China's 4 thousand years of history. Bucolic China scene of mountains, woods, and a farmer plowing with oxen. A mass of Chinese people tightly packed together as they walk along a narrow alleyway in a town. Fleeting glimpses of two Chinese soldiers; a child; a woman; a woman and child; and numerous other Chinese people in a montage splayed across a background of moving crowds. An open book of Chinese characters. Mariners compass superimposed on an moving image of oceanliner. Views of several large scale astralobes and world globes. A Chinese worker placing porcelainware in an oven for glazing. A man spooning gunpowder into a dish, followed by glimpse of a Chinese firework igniting. Chinese paper Dragon and street celebrations. A book entitled: "Analects of Confucius," in which, on page 105, is found the admonition: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Ancient statues of two men and of two riderless horses behind them. Tall Chinese pagodas. Chinese artillery field pieces firing. Chinese troops advancing in several situations during conflict with Japan. Map of china and illustration of Japanese Samuri warrior emblazoned across it. A book entitled: "The Tanaka Memorial,(Japan's Dream of World Empire)." A Still photograph of Japanese Foreign Minister Baron Tanaka Giichi in military uniform, with other Japanese officers. Excerpts shown, ostensibly from this book. Emperor Hirohito is seen with Baron Tanaka, and other officers, all in military uniforms, in front of a tent, circa 1928. Automated map ostensibly illustrates the elements of a Japanese plan of conquest, starting with Manchuria for raw materials; the absorption of China for manpower; followed by a sweep South for riches of the Indies and Australia; and lastly a sweep Eastward to crush the United States. More views of crowds of Chinese people are followed by an. animated map illustrating early World War 2 events, including Nazi Operation Barbarosa against Russia, approved by Hitler in 1940, and the Nazi occupations of Denmark, Norway, and other European countries. (Note: Actual existence of the so-called "Tanaka Memorial Imperialist Conquest Plan" is a subject of debate among historians.)
Views of the Cercle Francais Sportif, also called the French Club or France Club, after being newly rebuilt in 1928, in Shanghai, China. It was on the Route Cardinal Mercier (It later became the Jinjiang Club, and is now part of the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai on Maoming Road South). The French tricolors fly from places on the building. French Club members and guests relaxing at the club. Men and women guests on the veranda of the club. The service staff are Chinese. Waiters walking about serving food and drinks. Views of men and women sipping their drinks. Children swim in an indoor swimming pool illuminated by natural light from above. They play with a large rubber inner tube. A group of men practicing archery on a lawn outside the building. A young boy wearing a pith helmet looks on. Two men throw horseshoes, or quoits. A few men and women seated at benches outside the club building.
Conditions in shanghai, China in 1927-1928, as the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) under Chiang Kai-Shek, seeks political unification of China. A group of Chinese military officers leads a number of officials through an open air market in Shanghai, China. They climb steps next to the camera site. Next, large flags and banners including flags of the Chinese Nationalist Party
(Kuomintang) are carried by a crowd of people, gathered in front of a person speaking to them. View from behind the speaker, as he gestures, while forcefully addressing the crowd. Chinese people waving their straw hats enthusiastically in response to the speaker. View, from several yards away, shows a platform with several officials on it, surrounded by the crowd, waving their hats. Demonstrators, carrying banners march through crowded streets
The background of World War II. German Hitler Youth children march with rifles, flags and a band beneath a camp entrance named Nordmark Lager 1935. Flag with Nazi symbol. Japanese flag and Japanese youth march in military exercises, followed by teenage Japanese forces. Italian fascist troops in uniform march in Torino Italy led by a band. Views of various German and Nazi forces parade and goose step in various cities. Units include brownshirts, Storm Troopers, Wehrmacht. Civilians give a salute. Mostly sad looking men women and children watch the parades. The world globe. U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC. French, Japanese and United States dignitaries attend the Washington Disarmament Conference or Washington Naval Conference at Memorial Continental Hall in Washington DC in 1921. View of the Washington Naval Treaty naval fleet reduction treaty book with signatures on it. Officials sign the Nine-Power Treaty that guarantees the integrity of China (per the John Hay "Open Door Policy"). Japanese delegation is shown at signing ceremony for the Nine-Power Treaty. Next scene shows 1928 signing ceremony in Paris of the Kellogg-Briand Pact renouncing war as a means of settling international disputes. French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand is seen speaking, and American Secretary of State Frank Kellogg is also seen at the treaty signing which was signed by 47 nations including Germany and Japan. In a 1930 scene, U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Stimson hands the London Naval Treaty to President Herbert Hoover. Scene of a U.S. Navy ship being blown up and scrapped in accordance with the treaty terms. View of American citizens in small town parades with floats marching as anti-war and isolationist groups.
The Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. A vessel in the Huangpu River. A sail boat and junks on the water. Several buildings in view on the shore. Several sail boats in the river. A paddle wheel steam boat on the water. Boats anchored to the shore. Views of the Shanghai Bund along the western bank of the Huangpu River. Several vessels in the river. The Camelback Truss Waibaidu Bridge (world's first all steel bridge) also known as the Garden Bridge, spanning Suzhou Creek at the Huangpu River. Several buildings at the Shanghai Bund in view including the Headquarters of the Shanghai Branch of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now known as the HSBC Building or the Municipal Government Building) at number 12, The Bund, and the Customs House at number 13, The Bund, and the China Bank of Communications Building at number 14, The Bund. Also the China Merchant Bank Building and the North China Daily News Building (now the AIA building). Other Bund buildings also seen.