• City of Life and Death (2009) Rating & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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