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City of Life and Death (2009)

Nanjing! Nanjing! (original title)
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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

Writer:

Chuan Lu
15 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ye Liu ... Lu Jianxiong
Yuanyuan Gao ... Miss Jiang
Wei Fan ... Mr. Tang
Lan Qin ... Mrs. Tang
Hideo Nakaizumi Hideo Nakaizumi ... Sgt. Masao Kadokawa
Ryu Kohata Ryu Kohata ... Officer Osamu Ida (as Kohata Ryuichi)
Yiyan Jiang Yiyan Jiang ... Jiang Xiang Jun / Xiao Jiang
Di Yao Di Yao ... Zhou Xiaomei / May
Yisui Zhao Yisui Zhao ... Shunzi
Bin Liu Bin Liu ... Xiao Douzi (Juvenile)
Yûko Miyamoto Yûko Miyamoto ... Yuriko
John Paisley John Paisley ... John Rabe
Beverly Peckous Beverly Peckous ... Miss Minnie Vautrin
Sam Voutas ... Durdin (as You Sima)
Aisling Dunne Aisling Dunne ... Doctor
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for wartime violence and atrocities including sexual assault, and for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese | German

Release Date:

22 April 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Life and Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Changchun, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,610, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$122,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,687,316
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Chinese government claims that 300,000 people died and many were tortured and/or raped during the 1937 Japanese invasion and subsequent occupation of Nanjing, which was at the time the Chinese capital. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes take place on a square where stands what seems to be a ruined large public building. Towards the end, this building is shown from another angle, but it is clear from its shape that the image has been flipped horizontally. See more »

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Brilliant
14 December 2010 | by edward_barettSee all my reviews

I've been really impressed by this film. The way it makes a contrast between the fragility of the Chinese position and the vast and enormous military resources at the hands of the Japanese to simply dispose of the Chinese population just the way they want, remorseless and unlimited in their decisions, creates in the spectator a sense of utter despair and impotence, as the starting violence and euphoria transforms into raw and premeditated brutality. But this same perspective makes you appreciate more intensely the triumph of the defeated's mentality over the conquerors' one, the silent resistance that becomes an unified wall against the oppression and ruthless rule of the Japanese military, whom at the end began to fall apart morally. The action is awesomely captured, photography is great, and direction is remarkable, some scenes hit you really hard, but not to the extent to consider it a sadist or heavy-to-watch film. Henceforth, one of my favorites war movies of all time.


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