City of Life and Death

City of Life and Death
  • 2009
  • China
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lu Chuan
  • Written by: Lu Chuan
  • Cast: Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan
  • Language: Mandarin, English, German, Japanese

Writer-director Lu Chuan's epic account of one of his country's most traumatic historical episodes. In the winter of 1937 the Japanese Imperial Army invaded and occupied the then capital Nanking, raping and massacring some 300,000 civilians. Understandably, given the subject matter this spectacular film makes for gruelling viewing, although Chuan's directorial prowess shines through.

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