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

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Bill Guttentag (screenplay), Dan Sturman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hugo Armstrong ... John Magee
Rosalind Chao ... Chang Yu Zheng
Stephen Dorff ... Lewis Smythe
John Getz ... George Fitch
Mariel Hemingway ... Minnie Vautrin
Michelle Krusiec ... Yang Shu Ling
Chris Mulkey ... Mills McCallum
Jürgen Prochnow ... John Rabe
Sonny Saito ... Higashi Sakai
Graham Sibley ... Miner Searle Bates
Mark Valley ... Stage Manager
Robert Wu ... Li Pu
Woody Harrelson ... Bob Wilson
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"Nanking" tells the story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of the horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded together to save 250,000 -- an act of extraordinary heroism. Bringing an event little-known outside of Asia to a global audience, "Nanking" shows the tremendous impact individuals can make on the course of history. It is a gripping account of light in the darkest of times. Written by Anonymous

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Biography | History | War

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Rated R for disturbing images and descriptions of wartime atrocities, including rape | See all certifications »
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Japanese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

3 July 2007 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Нанкин See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,316, 16 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$160,140, 2 March 2008
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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16 February 2007 | by CaliannSee all my reviews

I saw the film at Sundance as part of a packed house for a third or fourth screening. I've seen the story of Nanking depicted before but never with the confidence I had that this was how it really was. It was like watching three Shindlers save the Chinese, and Spielberg's Shoa, all rolled into one perfect film. A panel of actors speak the lines from letters and diaries of European/American witnesses and Chinese and Japanese survivors tell their stories themselves on film. It's not just a narrator interpreting the events - it's the voices of the people who were there. The story line is well honed accompanied by stills, 16 mm smuggled out by one of the foreigners, and the actors provide voice for the foreigners. It is an incredibly moving and informative film. I sat next to two couples, two Japanese American men married to Chinese American women. One wife had seen the film the night before, and our night she brought everyone else back with her. I spoke with one of the husbands and he said that out of scale of 5 he gave it a 7. For the rest of the week I ran into others who saw the film and everyone said that they thought it was the best documentary they had ever seen in their lives. I totally agree.


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