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Nanjing! Nanjing! (2009)

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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.

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Lu Jianxiong
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Miss Jiang
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Mr. Tang
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Mrs. Tang
Hideo Nakaizumi ...
Sgt. Masao Kadokawa
Ryu Kohata ...
Officer Osamu Ida (as Kohata Ryuichi)
Yiyan Jiang ...
Jiang Xiang Jun / Xiao Jiang
Di Yao ...
Zhou Xiaomei / May
Yisui Zhao ...
Shunzi
Bin Liu ...
Xiao Douzi (Juvenile)
Yûko Miyamoto ...
Yuriko
John Paisley ...
John Rabe
Beverly Peckous ...
Miss Minnie Vautrin
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Durdin (as You Sima)
Aisling Dunne ...
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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.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for wartime violence and atrocities including sexual assault, and for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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22 April 2009 (China)  »

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City of Life and Death  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,610, 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,922, 30 October 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Chinese authorities withdrew the film from the Palm Springs International Film Festival in protest at the festival having programmed The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (2010), a documentary about the Dalai Lama. See more »

Goofs

After Rabe leaves Nanjin, there is a scene showing the execution of 3 Chinese men tied to posts. After the execution, when the man on the right post is untied and his body laid on the ground by guards, one can clearly see the actor lowering his head down slowly on the ground. The head of a dead body would have dropped more massively. See more »

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Strong but not great
9 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Unlike Shindler's List or John Rabe, this film focuses not on one particular hero in this kind of atrocities, but the countless ordinary people suffering from the horrors of war. Director Lu did an excellently balanced view, some may say too balanced, from the civilians and the soldiers - Chinese and Japanese alike during the rape of Nanking. The subject matter is profound, the acting is top-notch, the cinematography is excellent, however, the pacing is deliberately slow to match the mood of the film, making me wonder some time how long I had to suffer through. The ending is also a disappointment, when the director tries way too hard to make life the symbol. Still, overall, the movie is good, important and relevant. Watch it.


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