Nanking

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Released 2007

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Director:
Bill Guttentag , Dan Sturman
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Nanking is a tragic war tale from directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. This 2007 film tells the powerful story of the horrific war between Japan and China in the late 1930s. In 1937, the Japanese army invaded China and went on a murdering rampage. The Japanese army pillaged through cities, murdering over 200,000 people and raping tens of thousands of Chinese woman and children. While this horror was occurring, a band of Western army members banded together and vowed to save the Chinese. The Westerners established a Safety Zone and over 200,000 Chinese flocked there to seek refuge. This film exposes this cruel war to a global audience, and showcases the heroism of the Westerners in a time of tragedy. Its events are told through narrated scenes, and through interviews and archival footage from both the Japanese and Chinese sides. It is a haunting tale of war and the untold stories of survivors of the horror that occurred in China by the hands of the Japanese.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    What makes the film bearable is the knowledge that a few people did what they could to hold the line against humanity's worst instincts. The voices in Nanking speak for the persist...

  • 80

    Variety Justin Chang

    The horrific 1937-38 massacre of more than 200,000 Chinese during the early days of the Japanese occupation gets a polished presentation in Nanking.

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Walter Addiego

    The stories are harrowing, and because they are delivered by living, breathing witnesses, they move us in deep ways that the archival footage, for all its horror, cannot.

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