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Not Yet Rated| 2 hr. 13 min.

Plot Summary
The stories of a conflicted Japanese soldier (Hideo Nakaizumi) and a Chinese officer (Ye Liu) draw attention to the atrocities committed by Japanese forces during the 1937 occupation of Nanking.

Cast: Ye Liu , Yuanyuan Gao , Hideo Nakaizumi , Yuko Miyamoto , Sam Voutas , Wei Fan , Yiyan Jiang , Ryu Kohata

Director: Chuan Lu

Genres: Historical drama, War

City of Life and Death (2009)

Release Date: May 11th, 2011|2 hr. 13 min.

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  • City of Life and Death, a stunning re-creation of the Japanese army's annihilation of Nanking in 1937, will make you flinch, even as you admire its brilliant black-and-white cinematography, breathtaking art design and unerring direction. show more

  • This is hardly a film to recommend as entertainment. As an act of remembrance, though, it is singular and, in its way, soaring. show more

  • Chuan's unsettlingly beautiful black-and-white, wide-screen account of those nightmare six weeks, re-creates that horror in ways that are at once allusive and lucid, mixing cinematic impressionism with documentary-like detail. show more

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