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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
12 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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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

Genres:

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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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,922, 30 October 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film took four years and cost RMB 80 million (about US$11.7 million) to make. 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 wirestone-1See 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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