MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,696 this week

City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
"John Rabe" (original title)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 4,872 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 19 user | 48 critic | 15 from Metacritic.com

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 05 Sep 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 08 Oct 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 12 Jun 2014
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Jul 2014
 
a list of 49 titles
created 13 Aug 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)

City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of City of War: The Story of John Rabe.
8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Nanking (2007)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Chuan Lu
Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.

Director: Bette Gordon
Stars: Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Mariann Mayberry
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the near future the dreams of three adult siblings living in Germany or fractured by difficult romantic relationships on the unwitting involvement with terrorist organizations and a ... See full summary »

Director: Lars Kraume
Stars: Bernadette Heerwagen, Daniel Brühl, August Diehl
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Behind Forgotten eyes combines first-hand accounts from both Korean women and Japanese soldiers who lived through one of the worst atrocities in humankind. This is almost out for these women and their stories.

Director: Tony Gilmore
Stars: Yunjin Kim
Dinosaurier (2009)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Leander Haußmann
Stars: Eva-Maria Hagen, Ezard Haußmann, Walter Giller
Paradise Mall (1999)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Friedemann Fromm
Stars: Ken Duken, Heiner Lauterbach, Franka Potente
Honolulu (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Uschi Ferstl, Florian Gallenberger, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Peter Bechtel, Daniel Brühl, Shira Fleisher
Tango Berlin (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  
Directors: Florian Gallenberger, German Kral
Stars: German Kral, Wim Wenders
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Stars: Emilio Perez, Fernando Pena Cuevas, Chaco
Nan Jing 1937 (1995)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In December 1937, during the Second Japanese-Sino War, a Chinese doctor, his Japanese pregnant wife, their teenage daughter and their young son travel from Shanghai to Nanjing seeking ... See full summary »

Director: Ziniu Wu
Stars: Han Chin, Ai Saotome, Rene Liu
A Tram in SP (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In a small town in the Basque country, Lucas and Maria are an elderly brother and sister. They share a house with their memories and the ghosts of the people they have loved throughout ... See full synopsis »

Director: Aitzol Aramaio
Stars: Héctor Alterio, Daniel Brühl, Julieta Serrano
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Valérie Dupres
Dagmar Manzel ...
Dora Rabe
...
Langshu
...
Prince Asaka Yasuhiko
Mathias Herrmann ...
Werner Fließ
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Nakajima Kesago
Akira Emoto ...
Matsui Iwane
Arata Iura ...
Major Ose (as Arata)
...
...
Dr. Lewis Smythe
...
Dr. Oskar Trautmann
Fang Yu ...
Hsianglin Han
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

History needs extraordinary heroes.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Release Date:

2 April 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

City of War: The Story of John Rabe  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$67,255 (USA) (8 October 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The farewell scene between Rabe and Dora at the docks involved 750 extras. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Rabe: Chang, what's the point in you having a head?
Chang: So that it not rain into my neck.
John Rabe: Quite right.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Glad this was made, but could've been much better, more accurate
5 October 2012 | by (Savannah, GA/ Beijing, China) – See all my reviews

I have studied the man John Rabe through his diaries and other accounts of him from some of the main players such as Minnie Vautrin, Dr. Robert Wilson, Lewis Smythe, etc., and was expecting to see more of his actual work on the Peace Zone and Red Cross committees and perhaps a little less of the personal life--it's nice we got to see some of his relationship with his wife, but I think the movie would have benefited more from detail as to WHY he is so revered in China--he was so intelligent, kind-hearted, and seemed to truly love the Chinese people, and some of this is shown, as well as a little of his naiveté, but it needed MORE. For a character like Rabe you cannot just call him a benevolent Buddha and expect all the viewers to just know the details. I actually enjoyed Buscemi as Dr. Wilson, though I doubt Rabe would've sat still for the Hitler song, even while drinking! Wilson wore himself out, almost to death, in the hospital--where he would've found a moment for such a scene is a question. The one BIG issue that is appallingly inaccurate, to the point of being offensive, is the fictive character of Ms. Dupre. As one who has studied this period and read biographies on the main players, I kept wondering WHERE was Minnie Vautrin, the principal of Jinling Women's College, and WHO was this French woman?? How in the world did the creators of this movie go to such lengths to dramatize Rabe's life in Nanjing, yet make up this silly female character to replace an actual, real, wonderful and strong character like Vautrin? It just made NO sense to me at all. The Chinese called Rabe "The Living Buddha" for the immense efforts he made to save them (and as I said, more of this needed to be shown), and Minnie Vautrin, an American educator who loved China, was called the Goddess of Mercy-- there was no romance between them, but only an immense respect and need to help the Chinese. A romance seems to be implied between Rabe and this Miss Dupre character, which is a ridiculous development, especially leaving out the REAL Vautrin and her work. Also, some of the plots seemed superfluous, such as the development with Rabe's wife, and the emotional level was more shallow than I expected for a film about such a man as Rabe. Not a bad film, but just lacking in so many ways. I almost shut it off half way through, out of sheer frustration with the lack of fact and the made-up characters, but stuck it out. There were glaring errors and a disconnectedness to the story that were too distracting for me personally, however, I do recommend it in the end, if only to those who want to know more about such a great man as John Rabe--though, even for a movie hound like m'self, I think READING about him is better than anything this movie offers.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is it just me? sweetinjury-1
I hope friends from western world watch this film completely granwell
Finally!!! Chinese's Oskar Schindler!!! valleyboy12
Would like to hear opinions from Japanese audience who bypassed the ban AquaExecution
Does the Chinese Release on DVD have English Subtitles? r-gordon-7
German Trailer Marald

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?