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

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When the safety zone is being established, a banner is being hung over the portal. The mis-spelled inscription reads "INTERNATIONAL SAFTY ZONE". See more »

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Dr. Robert Wilson: I don't like Nazis.
Valérie Dupres: He isn't a Nazi.
Dr. Robert Wilson: Yes he is.
Valérie Dupres: He's just a member of the party.
Dr. Robert Wilson: Which makes him a Nazi.
Valérie Dupres: Are you a member of the church?
Dr. Robert Wilson: Yeah, so what?
Valérie Dupres: What do you think of witch burning?
Dr. Robert Wilson: Ah, well, looking at you, maybe it wasn't such a bad idea.
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Fell Short of Expectations due to Critical Flaws
18 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

It is well made for a historical/biographical film, but there were a number of critical flaws : overdramatization (the least of its problems as movies need drama anyway) , inclusion of unnecessary scenes of romance, historical or more precisely technical flaws (the existence of such a small hand-held camera was not convincing), Steve Buscemi's overly-americanized character (i don't know if 'balls' or 'f***' were common during those era, but he talked like a modern American), accuracy of the portrayal of the then Japanese soldiers, etc.

However i am glad the actors delivered spectacular performances to cover up those said flaws and made the most out of the limited character development, which was another aspect i would give salute for this film as it manages to focus on the big picture of the rescue efforts.


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