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City of Life and Death (2009)

Nanjing! Nanjing! (original title)
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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

Credited cast:
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Lu Jianxiong
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Miss Jiang
Hideo Nakaizumi ...
Kadokawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wei Fan ...
Mr. Tang
Yiyan Jiang ...
Xiao Jiang
Ryu Kohata ...
Ida (as Kohata Ryuichi)
Bin Liu ...
Xiaodouzi
Yûko Miyamoto
John Paisley ...
Beverly Peckous ...
Lan Qin ...
Mrs. Tang
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Durdin (as You Sima)
Di Yao ...
Tang Xiaomei
Yisui Zhao ...
Shunzi
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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) (13 May 2011)

Gross:

$119,922 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film includes a portrayal of Japanese soldiers burying Chinese civilians alive. This scene depicts a scene from newsreel or Japanese military footage from Nanking which was shown on American television in the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes take place on a square where stands what seems to be a ruined large public building. Towards the end, this building is shown from another angle, but it is clear from its shape that the image has been flipped horizontally. See more »

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Brilliant
14 December 2010 | by (West Indies) – See all my reviews

I've been really impressed by this film. The way it makes a contrast between the fragility of the Chinese position and the vast and enormous military resources at the hands of the Japanese to simply dispose of the Chinese population just the way they want, remorseless and unlimited in their decisions, creates in the spectator a sense of utter despair and impotence, as the starting violence and euphoria transforms into raw and premeditated brutality. But this same perspective makes you appreciate more intensely the triumph of the defeated's mentality over the conquerors' one, the silent resistance that becomes an unified wall against the oppression and ruthless rule of the Japanese military, whom at the end began to fall apart morally. The action is awesomely captured, photography is great, and direction is remarkable, some scenes hit you really hard, but not to the extent to consider it a sadist or heavy-to-watch film. Henceforth, one of my favorites war movies of all time.


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