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City of Life and Death (2009)
"Nanjing! Nanjing!" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  22 April 2009 (China)
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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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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 ...
Minnie Vautrin
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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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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,610 (USA) (13 May 2011)

Gross:

$119,922 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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In 2005 there were angry protests in China after Japan published school text books which China claimed played down the country's war time atrocities. See more »

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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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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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