Director Lu Chuan,2011
PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free.
CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH, a stunning depiction of the Rape of Nanking, is “afilm strong enough to change your life” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).
Director Lu Chuan (Mountain Patrol) based the film on the recorded witnesstestimony from the real-life survivors of the massacre, meticulously recreatingthe infamous reign of terror conducted by the occupying Japanese army in theChinese capital of Nanking in 1937. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chineseto deal with this seminal event, CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH paints an epic portrait
of wartime conflict, filled with an ensemble of conflicted characters caught in thecrossfire, including Chinese officer Lu (Liu Ye), who leads his men in a hopeless,defiant resistance effort; the German businessman, John Rabe (John Paisley),who establishes a safety zone in an attempt to protect civilians; and Japanesesoldier Kadokawa (Hideo Nakaizumi), who struggles to live with his consciencein a city where executions are commonplace.
Lu is “an extraordinary visual artist” (Manohla Dargis, NY Times), and CITY OFLIFE AND DEATH, contains searing B&W images that are impossible to shake,creating an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary cinema.
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH, a feature-length documentary about themaking of the film that includes interviews with the director and actors, plus rarebehind-the-scenes footage.
China 2011 B&W 135 min 2.35:11920 x 1080p
In Mandarin with English subtitles