City of Life and Death

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in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.6/10 (3,650 voted)

Critic's Score: 85/100

Chuan Lu

Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi

in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.


Ye Liu

Lu Jianxiong

Yuanyuan Gao

Miss Jiang

Hideo Nakaizumi


Wei Fan

Mr. Tang

Yiyan Jiang

Xiao Jiang

Ryu Kohata


Bin Liu


Yuko Miyamoto

John Paisley

John Rabe

Beverly Peckous

Minnie Vautrin

Lan Qin

Mrs. Tang

Sam Voutas


(as You Sima)

Di Yao

Tang Xiaomei

Yisui Zhao



Official Website:
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Release Date: 22 April 2009

Filming Locations: Changchun, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000


Opening Weekend: $5,610
(15 May 2011)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $119,922
(30 October 2011)

Technical Specs


Hong Kong:
(Mar del Plata Film Festival)

Did You Know?


It took 4 years and cost RMB 80 million (about US$11.7 million) to make.

User Review

Emotional Ride

Rating: 9/10

I'm an overseas Chinese, growing up listening to my grandfather telling
the stories about how bad the Japanese Military treating the Chinese
people in WWII.

I saw some of the movies made back in the 80's/90's about the rape of
Nanking, to me they are exploitation movies and never affected me or
leave me with profound experience. I'm actually disgusted with them
making such low movies. Also most of the documentaries I watched never
really does anything.

I watched Nanjing! Nanjing! – City of Life and Death tonight and it
really drained me emotionally, the movie really depicting the real
face/real ugly side of war, where the victims are always the people,
doesn't matter what wars or which countries.

The movie itself doesn't really do the finger pointing like other
movies, but it just showing, in my opinion, the fair view on what was
going on back then without taking sides.

And it's show one thing, the most profound thing to me, that The
Chinese people can endure a lot of hardship that life throw at them and
that's possibly why their cultures and civilization last for a long

Highly recommended for people who never really know this part of
history, as Chinese I know about it, but for lot of my westerners
friends who never been to China, they only heard about it but didn't
realize how crazy it was and how significant is this event for the
Chinese people. Most people know the atrocities the Nazis did in WWII,
but not the Japanese Atrocities.

Watched it and let's pray there won't be WW III or any wars at all