City of Life and Death

City of Life and Death

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Director: Lu Chuan
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
UPC:
0738329072520
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

"Making Of" documentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liu Ye Lu Jianxiong
Gao Yuanyuan Miss Jiang
Hideo Nakaizumi Kadokawa
Fan Wei Mr. Tang
Jiang Yiyan Xiao Jiang
Ryu Kohata Ida
Liu Bin Xiaodouzi
John Paisley John Rabe
Beverly Peckous Minnie Vautrin
Qin Lan Mrs. Tang
Sam Voutas Durdin
Yao Di Tang Xiaomei
Zhao Yisui Shunzi
Yuko Miyamoto Actor

Technical Credits
Lu Chuan Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Lin Chaoxiang Production Designer
John Chong Producer
Lorraine Ho Associate Producer
Qin Hong Producer
Ren Jie Production Manager
Zhou Li Producer
Peng Mingyu Associate Producer
Lai Qizhen Sound/Sound Designer
Han Sanping Producer
Xing Song Production Manager
Liu Tong Score Composer
Hao Yi Production Designer
Cui Yongquan Associate Producer
Cao Yu Cinematographer
Teng Yun Editor
Andy Zhang Producer

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City of Life and Death 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
VSV More than 1 year ago
Humane, subtle, empathetic, objective. The film makes you a better being. One of the best films in the history of cinematography. Highly recommended!