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City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
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A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

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Valérie Dupres
Dagmar Manzel ...
Dora Rabe
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Langshu
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Prince Asaka Yasuhiko
Mathias Herrmann ...
Werner Fließ
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Nakajima Kesago
Akira Emoto ...
Matsui Iwane
Arata Iura ...
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Christian Rodska ...
Dr. Lewis Smythe
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Dr. Oskar Trautmann
Fang Yu ...
Hsianglin Han
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After 28 years building and managing a vast Siemens plant in Nanking, John Rabe is ordered by the new Nazi regime to close it down. Before he can pack, the Japanese army, lead unofficially by a bloodthirsty imperial uncle, lays siege to the city. Rabe accepts, as prominent representative of Japans' major European ally, to head the Western ex-pats society's plan to start and run an international zone, like worked in Shangai. Rabe however wants it to save his workers and their close ones, over 200,000, and sacrifices all his personal interests. Written by KGF Vissers

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,199 (USA) (28 May 2010)

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$67,255 (USA) (8 October 2010)
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There is a scene where Dr. Rosen and John Rabe are drinking together and then join in a duet of "Hitler. He only had one ......". This was set just before Xmas 1937. The song is not believed to have been written until 1939. (Autobiography Fringe Benefits, by writer Donough O'Brien where he says that the original was written in August 1939 by his father, Toby O'Brien) See more »

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John Rabe: Chang, what's the point in you having a head?
Chang: So that it not rain into my neck.
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27 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I recently saw the Chinese film called City of Life and Death....Nanking 1938. I cried...I don't cry over films very often, but this re-creation of mans inhumanity to man got to me. Rabe did what he could for the people and we honour him for his efforts, but a film shouldn't be about just what one man did. His staff, the people that trusted him, the Japanese atrocities and the few Japanese soldiers who were against what happened, are as much about what happened as Rabe himself. It left me cold to think that the world let it all happen with a blink of an eye, but even today, we allow ourselves to be shocked? over events like Rawanda or the Congo or Iraq with the Kerds. We don't have much feeling for what has happened, really. It is so far away, it looks atrocious, but it doesn't affect us, so why should we be concerned by what has happened. It's only when it is on our doorstep that we know what it's like. I give the Chinese film, which honours Rabe a score of 10!!! They were there!!!!


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