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"Lu Chuan's remarkable and very moving film chronicles 'the rape of Nanking' by the invading Japanese army in 1937 as a series of telling vignettes. Nanjing (previously known as Nanking) was China's capital in the 1930s, until the government and army withdrew to inland areas at the end of 1937... Show More
"Lu Chuan's remarkable and very moving film chronicles 'the rape of Nanking' by the invading Japanese army in 1937 as a series of telling vignettes. Nanjing (previously known as Nanking) was China's capital in the 1930s, until the government and army withdrew to inland areas at the end of 1937 as the invading Japanese Imperial Army advanced. Over the following three months, countless Nanjing civilians were massacred; there were also many sexual assaults and the city was laid to waste. To this day, some in Japan are in denial about what happened. There have been several earlier Chinese movies about 'the rape of Nanjing', all full of tears, indomitable bravery and nationalist rhetoric. Lu Chuan's stunning film is the long overdue corrective. As you'd expect from the director of Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, the approach is unorthodox. There's no overarching story, except for the fall of the city itself; the film is built from vignettes which alternate the broader picture with close-ups of individual lives and deaths. We follow three characters in particular: a young Chinese soldier who leads a doomed resistance group that includes children, a confused Japanese private who loses his virginity to a 'comfort woman', and the harried Chinese secretary of a German missionary. Lu lets faces tell much of the story. The tone, inevitably, is elegiac." Quoting Tony Rayns Show Less
Cast: Junichi Kajioka, Yuko Miyamoto, Ryu Kohata, Yisui Zhao, John Paisley, Sam Voutas, Beverly Peckous, Fan Wei, Bin Liu, Liu Ye, Jiang Yiyan, Di Yao, Hideo Nakaizumi, Gao Yuanyuan, Qin Lan (Show Less)
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