Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death)

15 November 2011
Chuan Lu | China | 2011 | 132 min
Historical Drama | Film Notes

The Rape of Nanking in 1937 has been labelled a fabricated myth by a disconcerting amount of Japan’s political leaders. This candid film made with a $12 million budget and shot in sobering black-and-white puts the record completely straight. Told through the eyes of the Japanese aggressors Chuan Lu is careful not to directly judge the soldiers while also remaining unblinking in his depiction of the terror they inflicted. On a par with the Holocaust and Hiroshima this is history that needs to be told.