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Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries.
Publisher: [New York] : Thinkfilm, LLC, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 11, 2018

History revealed. Wish more people have chance to watch this truth and a formal apology by Japanese government to the Chinese people.

Feb 28, 2018

This sad movie helps me to understand the history of Chinese during the invasion of Japanese soldiers in NanKing. Very heartbreaking in seeing all of these atrocities of hatred, war and savage of what men can do to others. Definitively, it is a movie to take time to see the reality of violence, greed, power and wanting more......

Feb 05, 2018

Culling first hand accounts from actual survivors, personal correspondence written by those Westerners who stayed behind, and bootlegged film footage of the atrocities themselves, directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman’s HBO documentary manages to impart something of the terror that descended upon the city for several long weeks. The personal memories are heartbreaking—one elderly man recalls watching his injured baby brother trying to suckle on his dead mother’s breast—while the journal entries, read in character by such notables as Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, and Jürgen Prochnow, give a wider perspective of what would come to be known as “The Rape of Nanking”. A sobering look at one of Chinese history’s more miserable chapters which occurred a full four years before Pearl Harbour galvanized the West and twelve years before Mao wrote the next one.

Oct 01, 2013

This is a 2007 film about the 1937 Nanking Massacre committed by the Japanese army in the former capital city Nanjing, China.
In the winter of 1937, the Japanese army occupied Nanking and killed over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese people,
one of human history's worst atrocities.
In order to protect Chinese civilians, a small group of European and American expatriates, Western missionaries, professors,
and businessmen banded together to form the Nanking Safety Zone and saved 250,000, risking their own lives.
Contemporary actors play the roles of the Western missionaries, professors, and businessmen.
Each actor describes the Nanking Massacre by reading from letters and diaries which shows the activities of John Rabe (Jürgen Prochnow),
a German businessman, Robert O. Wilson (Woody Harrelson), the only surgeon remaining to care for legions of victims, and Minnie Vautrin (Mariel Hemingway),
an educator who passionately defends the lives and honor of Nanking's women during the war time.
The film also features interviews with survivors who tell their own stories, the archival footage of the events, and the testimonies of Japanese soldiers
who participated in the rampage.
In 1940, weary and stressed, Minnie Vautrin took a furlough again from her work.
A few months later, haunted by the images she saw and feeling responsible for not being able to save more lives,
Vautrin committed suicide by turning on the stove gas in her small apartment in Indianapolis.
What a pity!
In any case, this is an excellent anti-war film.

edwardmfong May 25, 2012

This film reaches me profoundly. Thedocumentary is based on the diaries and letters from those few Westerners. Most of them were missionaries and the one woman, Minnie Vautrin, ran a girls' college. There was also a German businessman who was a Nazi. In addition, interviews with some survivors.
It's so painful to see human being were treated worse than animals over there! Living in a city like New York, I have friends from almost all around the world. I would NOT like any one be treated in this way, including my Jananese friends.
I lost my appetite after I watch the movie. If you think you have a strong stomach or just want to lose a few pounds, go watch it everyday.

chenlixu Feb 02, 2012

Thanks for this DVD, I learn a lot historical facts about Nanking in 1937. Those regular peoples are the real hero. They risk their own life to save so many Chinese, who they had never known or met before. As a human being, I can't thank them enough!!!
If you like this DVD, you many like The Flowers of war by Geling Yan (in book or DVD).

Nov 29, 2011

Incredible footage of a time (horrific crime) that was almost lost to history. At first the big Hollywood names biased me to what I was going to watch, but the format of the actors bringing to life the heroic protectors by reading their actual words was well done. The harrowing accounts told by the elderly survivors, so young at the time, brought me to tears. Accompanied by the precious footage, this film documents an epic tragedy that should never be allowed to occur again.

Aug 13, 2011

The graphic footage and gut wrenching eyewitness accounts brought tears to my eyes and a nauseous knot in my stomach. One of the most horrific and inhumane acts of savagery in world history.

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