City of life and death

City of life and death

DVD - 2011 | Chinese
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MPAA rating: R; wartime violence and atrocities including sexual assault, and for some sexuality and brief nudity.
On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians, an infamous tragedy now referred to as the Rape of Nanking. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to deal with the seminal event in their modern history, City of Life and Death is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime, and an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema.
Publisher: New York : Kino, [2011]
Edition: 2-disc special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (135 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kino International Corporation

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marx_bro
Dec 25, 2014

Great depiction of the "Raping of Nan King" in the late 1930s! Story revolves the lives of two Japanese soldiers and one Chinese family in the midst of the barbarity in Nan King. Too bad they couldn't dub this flick but it's still really great. Surfice to say, the Japanese army showed absolutely no mercy.

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phtrinh
Feb 16, 2014

I've heard and read stories regarding Nanjing during the war. I've seen pictures of women after being raped and men being beheaded by Japanese soldiers. These are the harsh truth and no one can ever deny it has never happened!

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ncs1961
Jan 02, 2013

Very dramatic & cinematic. Very graphic violence. I'm not sure I could've followed the story had I not recently seen "Nanking" (2007), the story of John Rabe and the Safety Zone. It was a western perspective on these events.

edwardmfong May 25, 2012

This film reaches me profoundly. It's so painful to see human being were treated worse than animals! Living in a city like New York, I have friends from almost around the world. I would not like any one be treated in this way, including my Jananese friends.
I lost my appetite after I watch the movie. If you think you have a strong stomach or just want to LOSE SOME POUNDS, GO WATCH THE FILM.

chenlixu Mar 22, 2012

J HUANG wrote:
Personally I hope the new generation of Japanese can learn from their forefather's crime, and make contribution to the world peace instead. But history rhythms, that could be my hopeless wish. Their prime minister continues to bow to the soul of war criminal, Tojo. In contrast, the Germany Chancellor kneed down to in front of the Polish Getto Victim Memorial to beg forgiveness for what Hitler did. The most hated liars are those whose revise history.
War is crime. War not only costs life of both sides, but also wipes off treasures and capitals accumulated through generations. The first and second world war exhausted the great British Empire. The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) destroyed France, the most powerful country from 1700-1800. The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) destroyed Greece Empire. I am afraid the current Iraq War could abolish the great power the United States holds, causing unexpected consequences. We need to unite together, opposing all the wars.

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tmann2x
Mar 18, 2012

A wonderful movie and you can felt the pain and suffer through the eyes.

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tj_is_cool
Mar 11, 2012

Very well done movie about what the Japanese soldiers did to the people of Nanjing in World War 2.

Glencoe_Mike Feb 06, 2012

More of an endurance test than a movie, but exceptionally well made.

carolgld Dec 27, 2011

Leonard Maltin - see his review - best 0f 2011

kevfarley Dec 21, 2011

Definately one of the ten best war movies ever made ! And the cinematic telling of this story is long overdue. Not to be missed.

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Jan 02, 2013

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