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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 223269248
UPC: 738329072520
UPC 14: 00738329072520
Category Keywords: Epic  Historical  Period Piece  Rape
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Editor's Note
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.


Video Features Special Edition, English, Mandarin Chinese

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kino Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/25/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 132 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00738329072520
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gao Yuanyuan
Video Cast Info Liu Ye
Video Cast Info Fan Wei
Video Cast Info Hideo Nakaizumi
Video Cast Info Sam Voutas
Video Cast Info John Paisley
Video Cast Info Jiang Yiyan
Video Cast Info Qin Lan
Video Cast Info Ryu Kohata
Video Cast Info Liu Bin
Video Cast Info Beverly Peckous
Video Cast Info Yao Di - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Yoko Miyamoto - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lai Qizhen - Sound
Video Cast Info Cao Yu - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Zhao Yisui - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lu Chuan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Xing Song - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Liu Tong - Composer
Video Cast Info Ren Jie - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Lu Chuan - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Sight and Sound
"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..." 05/01/2010

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

New York Times
"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." 05/10/2011

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

Wall Street Journal
"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." 06/17/2011

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Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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