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Nanjing! Nanjing! (2009)

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In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lu Jianxiong
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Miss Jiang
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Mr. Tang
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Mrs. Tang
Hideo Nakaizumi ...
Sgt. Masao Kadokawa
Ryu Kohata ...
Officer Osamu Ida (as Kohata Ryuichi)
Yiyan Jiang ...
Jiang Xiang Jun / Xiao Jiang
Di Yao ...
Zhou Xiaomei / May
Yisui Zhao ...
Shunzi
Bin Liu ...
Xiao Douzi
Yûko Miyamoto ...
Yuriko
John Paisley ...
Beverly Peckous ...
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Durdin (as You Sima)
Aisling Dunne ...
Doctor
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In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for wartime violence and atrocities including sexual assault, and for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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22 April 2009 (China)  »

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City of Life and Death  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,610 (USA) (15 May 2011)

Gross:

$119,922 (USA) (30 October 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Upon its release in China, it attracted some criticism for its sympathetic portrayal of the Japanese soldier Kadokawa. Director Chuan Lu received online death threats to both himself and his family on the strength of this. See more »

Goofs

After Rabe leaves Nanjin, there is a scene showing the execution of 3 Chinese men tied to posts. After the execution, when the man on the right post is untied and his body laid on the ground by guards, one can clearly see the actor lowering his head down slowly on the ground. The head of a dead body would have dropped more massively. See more »

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Gripping and intense film depicting terrible deeds during Japonese invasion in Nanjing
14 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Big budget WWII epic , it happens when China is invaded by Japan at the onset of war and finds Japanese army surrounding city of Nanjing (1937). After that, at the city take place violations, mutilations, and massacres. Some prisoners are interred in a prison camp but later they are led to fire squad, scaffold and alive burying.

Director deglamorizes war showing true horror and terrible events. It's a staggering evocation of the Chinese Holocausto in Nanjing , as the atrocities are depicted matter of factly as by-product of sheer Japanese evil. The opening twenty minutes graphic depiction the facing off is , on its own, magnificent. The film-maker Chuan Lu is nicknamed the Chinese Steven Spielberg for his spectacular and impressive productions. As the moving beginning results to be as stirring as ¨Saving private Ryan¨ , the developing of the movie regarding invasion China is partially similar to ¨Empire of the sun¨ and suffering of Chinese people bear remarkable resemblance to Jews of ¨Schlindler list¨ .The starring, Nakaizumi, and the rest of the cast are excellent , as the movie is powered by splendid performances in charge of Chinese and Japanese actors who during filming suffered some inevitable discussions. Filmed in perfect black and white by cameraman Cao Yu , reflecting appropriately the grim and rotten environment .Lu Chuan makes a breathtaking work which directs spectacularly with groundbreaking scenes in a heartbreaking context.Chuan dedicated about three years joining information and interviewing experts for that scenes would adequate to reality of events. This masterpiece finally garnered the world attention and respect that the story deserves, winning several prizes in various International Festivals.


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