Nanjing ! Nanjing !

南京 ! 南京 ! [videorecording] = City of life and death - Nanjing ! Nanjing !

City of life and death

DVD - 2009 | Chinese
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Publisher: [Beijing] : Zhong ying yin xiang chu ban she, [2009]
ISBN: 9787880861310
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 高圓圓

Alternative Title: City of life and death


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Aug 03, 2017

Directed by Lu Chuan Li in 2009, this 129-minute drama depicts an almost historical account of the incidents in the infamous occupation of Nanking in 1937.
The film deals with the Battle of Nanking and the following notorious massacre committed by the Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Unlike "The Resistance" directed by Peng Zhang Li in 2011, which turns out to be extremely foolish and unbelievable, this film appears to be a more authentic account of the Nanking massacre and events that happened during the occupation of Nanking.
Almost in the end, Sergeant Kadokawa and another Japanese soldier march an alleged plain-clothed Chinese soldier and his kid out of town to be executed, but to their surprise, Kadokawa releases them instead.
Kadokawa tells the other soldier, "Life is more difficult than death."
The soldier bows to show his respect for Kadokawa's decision and walks away.
Kadokawa then weeps before shooting himself to escape from his guilt.
Kadokawa's tale seems to reflect on the Japanese mentality in those days.

Jan 09, 2012

This copy is PAL
---can't be played on Canadian equipment.
Item details don't warn us about this

Nov 23, 2011

This is a private copy, no English or Chinese subtitles, I do not understand half of the movie because the dialogues were in Japanese.

Nov 14, 2011

A 'Nanjing Massacre' film to end all 'Nanjing Massacre' films. Shot in B/W, as a film this is very well done. Not easy to watch - but it is a film that also brings the aggressor's perspective into the picture.

It depresses you, and reminds you of, under certain circumstances, the kind of horror and suffering one human race, and one human being, can inflict on the other.

A very serious film. Watch it with the understanding it will mess up your day. Very highly recommended.


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