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City of Life and Death (Blu-ray Disc, 2011, 2-Disc Set, Special Edition)

Lu Chuan, Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan | Rating: Not Rated
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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.

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: China
  • UPC: 738329072520

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Format:Blu-ray Disc

eBay Product ID: EPID108895600
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Editorial reviews

"CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is a cinematic experience unlike any you've had before....Both epic and intimate..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (06/17/2011)

"CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH isn't cathartic: it offers no uplifting moments, just the immodest balm of art. The horrors it represents can be almost too difficult to watch, yet you keep watching because Mr. Lu makes the case that you must."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (05/10/2011)

4 stars out of 5 -- "In Lu Chuan's shocking take, the focus is on victims and aggressors."
Total Film - Simon Kinnear (10/01/2010)

"CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is anchored in a realistic reconstruction of the appalling events that occurred between December 1937 and the lunar new year of 1938..."
Sight and Sound - Tony Rayns (05/01/2010)

4 stars out of 5 -- "The unfolding events are portrayed with great skill by Chuan....It burns off the screen."
Empire (05/01/2010)

"A drama that could pass for a documentary, CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH re-creates the Nanjing Massacre....As an act of remembrance, thought, it is singular and, in its way, soaring."
Wall Street Journal (06/17/2011)

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Created: 09/30/11

Well recommended film about the Rape of Nanking....

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

In December 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanjing, killing as many as 300,000 citizens, the details of which Japan and China dispute to this day. CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is a bold re-creation of these events, told with startling humanism through the eyes of both victims and occupiers. Delving into the psychology of the Chinese struggle to survive and a Japanese soldier's struggle with his conscience, Lu's film is ultimately an indictment against the cruelty of war. This is a well made film with believable actors and a realism that is too graphic to watch. Well recommended for those wishing to get a dramatization of the Rape on Nanking...

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Created: 02/09/12

China's Gone with the Wind. Great Film !

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This was a very realistc feeling film. A must see movie for WWII historians. It shows a true picture of the Japanese occupation of China that is parrelle with the German occupation of Europe. A multitude of stories in one, showing the inhumane, cowardly wickedness that war brings out in people but also the heroic sacrifices & bravery brought out in others.

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