City of Life and Death

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Plot

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

Director:
Chuan Lu

Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi

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

Cast:

Ye Liu

Lu Jianxiong


Yuanyuan Gao

Miss Jiang


Hideo Nakaizumi

Kadokawa


Wei Fan

Mr. Tang


Yiyan Jiang

Xiao Jiang


Ryu Kohata

Ida


Bin Liu

Xiaodouzi


Yuko Miyamoto


John Paisley

John Rabe


Beverly Peckous

Minnie Vautrin


Lan Qin

Mrs. Tang


Sam Voutas

Durdin

(as You Sima)


Di Yao

Tang Xiaomei


Yisui Zhao

Shunzi



Details

Official Website:
Official site|

Release Date: 22 April 2009

Filming Locations: Changchun, China



Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000

(estimated)

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

Gross: $119,922
(USA)
(30 October 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Argentina:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

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
time.

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
actually.