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City of Life and Death

Rated R for wartime violence and atrocities including sexual assault, and for some sexuality and brief nudity.

R In Theaters 05/11/2011 , 131min.
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Plot & Details

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.
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Genre(s): Drama,Epic and Historical
  • Run Time: 131min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 05/11/2011
  • DVD Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Distributor(s): Kino Lorber
  • Director(s): Lu Chuan
  • Starring: Liu Ye , Gao Yuanyuan , Hideo Nakaizumi , John Paisley , Fan Wei
  • Themes: Political Corruption,Political Unrest,Rape & Sexual Abuse,Crimes Against Humanity
  • Tone: Disturbing,Earnest,Reflective,Stirring
  • Keywords: capture, devastation, invasion, rape
  • Country of Origin: Hong Kong (05-07-2009),USA - Limited (03-31-2010)
  • Language: English,Japanese,Mandarin,Chinese (unspecified dialect)

Awards

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 AFI Fest Film Presented Nominated

L.A. Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2011 L.A. Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Won
2011 L.A. Film Critics Association Best Cinematography (Runner-up) Cao Yu Won

London Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 London Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

San Sebastián International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated
2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Seattle International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Seattle International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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