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City of Life and Death Details

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Within the scope of Asian history, few events carry the ugly and sickening connotations of the Rape of Nanking. Japanese forces invaded that Chinese city on December 9, 1937, and in the six weeks to follow, soldiers raped thousands of women and annihilated hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. Director Lu Chuan directs this black-and-white docudrama account of that horrifying six-week period, with the benefit of an ensemble cast that includes Hideo Nakaizumi as a conscience-stricken Japanese soldier, Fan Wei as the aid to a German humanitarian worker, and Gao Yuanyuan as the head of a refugee camp. Lu relays the events directly and straightforwardly, with a careful avoidance of sensationalism and excessive sentimentality, and uses the chronicle to meditate on the insanity of war for all of those involved. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:May 11, 2011

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
L.A. Film Critics Association Cao Yu Best Cinematography (Runner-up) 2011 Winner

Cast

Liu Ye
as Lu Jianxiong
Gao Yuanyuan
as Miss Jiang
Hideo Nakaizumi
as Kadokawa
Fan Wei
as Mr. Tang
Jiang Yiyan
as Xiao Jiang
John Paisley
as John Rabe
Sam Voutas
as Durdin
Zhao Yisui
as Shunzi
Yuko Miyamoto

Crew

Lu Chuan
Director
Lu Chuan
Producer
John Chong
Producer
Han Sanping
Producer
Lu Chuan
Screenwriter
Cao Yu
Cinematographer
Liu Tong
Composer (Music Score)
Teng Yun
Editor
Hao Yi
Production Designer
Lorraine Ho
Associate Producer
Lu Chuan
Executive Producer
Shirley Lau
Production Executive
Zhao Haicheng
Line Producer
Jiang Tao
Production Executive
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