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

On Disc

at Amazon

8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

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)
Shaun Lawton ...
...
Lewis Smythe
...
Dr. Oskar Trautmann
Fang Yu ...
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) (10 October 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally planned with Ulrich Mühe in the title role. See more »

Goofs

The USS Panay is shown as a passenger ship when she was in fact a U.S. Navy River Gunboat. The movie shows the Panay being attacked within sight of Nanking (now known as Nanjing) but in reality it had moved 28 miles upriver and dropped anchor, along with three Standard Oil tankers. The attack lasted for 2.5 hours until the ship finally sunk. The attack left 3 sailors dead, 43 sailors and 5 civilians wounded. See more »

Quotes

John Rabe: Stop it! This is the safety zone. Get out and leave the women alone.
[Rabe switches to German and makes a Nazi salute]
John Rabe: We're Germans. Germans. We're Germans.
[Japanese officer aims his pistol at Rabe]
John Rabe: Help me out here, damn it!
Dr. Georg Rosen: [Rosen also makes a Nazi salute] Heil... Shitler. Heil Shitler.
John Rabe: [after resolving the situation] That's not funny.
Dr. Georg Rosen: We got through.
John Rabe: All the same, he is the Führer of the German people.
Dr. Georg Rosen: And shall I tell you what I don't find funny?
[...]
See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschlandlied
Written by Joseph Haydn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
German Schindler
28 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

John Rabe is a person that actually existed and this is a (bit of a) fictionalized version of what he and the people he were trusted on, had to go through. Now this is the German version of that story. There is another side to that coin. And that other side is called "City of Life and Death" and is made from the Chinese perspective. So I guess the truth is somewhere in-between.

But this fairly good made and has a strong character (actor) in the midst of it all. The story is really touching and involves a lot of bad things happening. But as written above, you will have sides that you will choose, whom you like and whom you don't. What it does have over the Chinese "version", is a main character you can hold onto.

I'd suggest you watch both movies in a double feature to get the whole package.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?