City of Live and Death 2pk (Blu-Ray)

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Studio Kino Video
SKU 223269248
UPC 738329072520
UPC 14 00738329072520
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/25/2011
Period Piece
Editors Note
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.
Empire 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
Liu Ye
Hideo Nakaizumi
Sam Voutas
John Paisley
Cast & Crew
Gao Yuanyuan - Star
Liu Ye - Star
Fan Wei - Star
Hideo Nakaizumi - Star
Sam Voutas - Star
John Paisley - Star
Jiang Yiyan - Star
Qin Lan - Star
Ryu Kohata - Star
Liu Bin - Star
Beverly Peckous - Star
Yao Di - Co-Star
Yoko Miyamoto - Co-Star
Lai Qizhen - Sound
Cao Yu - Director of Photography
Zhao Yisui - Co-Star
Lu Chuan - Screenwriter
Xing Song - Production Manager/UPM
Liu Tong - Composer
Ren Jie - Production Manager/UPM
Lu Chuan - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00738329072520
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 132 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Special Edition, English, Mandarin Chinese
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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