City of Life and Death

April 22nd, 2009


City of Life and Death

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in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.6/10 (3,650 voted)

Critic's Score: 85/100

Director: Chuan Lu

Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi

in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.

Ye Liu - Lu Jianxiong
Yuanyuan Gao - Miss Jiang
Hideo Nakaizumi - Kadokawa
Wei Fan - Mr. Tang
Yiyan Jiang - Xiao Jiang
Ryu Kohata - Ida
Bin Liu - Xiaodouzi
Yuko Miyamoto -
John Paisley - John Rabe
Beverly Peckous - Minnie Vautrin
Lan Qin - Mrs. Tang
Sam Voutas - Durdin (as You Sima)
Di Yao - Tang Xiaomei
Yisui Zhao - Shunzi


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 22 April 2009

Filming Locations: Changchun, China

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,610 (USA) (15 May 2011) (1 Screen)

Gross: $119,922 (USA) (30 October 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Hong Kong:  | Argentina: (Mar del Plata Film Festival)  | France:  | USA:

Did You Know?

It took 4 years and cost RMB 80 million (about US$11.7 million) to make.

User Review

Emotional Ride

Rating: 9/10

I'm an overseas Chinese, growing up listening to my grandfather telling the stories about how bad the Japanese Military treating the Chinese people in WWII.

I saw some of the movies made back in the 80's/90's about the rape of Nanking, to me they are exploitation movies and never affected me or leave me with profound experience. I'm actually disgusted with them making such low movies. Also most of the documentaries I watched never really does anything.

I watched Nanjing! Nanjing! - City of Life and Death tonight and it really drained me emotionally, the movie really depicting the real face/real ugly side of war, where the victims are always the people, doesn't matter what wars or which countries.

The movie itself doesn't really do the finger pointing like other movies, but it just showing, in my opinion, the fair view on what was going on back then without taking sides.

And it's show one thing, the most profound thing to me, that The Chinese people can endure a lot of hardship that life throw at them and that's possibly why their cultures and civilization last for a long time.

Highly recommended for people who never really know this part of history, as Chinese I know about it, but for lot of my westerners friends who never been to China, they only heard about it but didn't realize how crazy it was and how significant is this event for the Chinese people. Most people know the atrocities the Nazis did in WWII, but not the Japanese Atrocities.

Watched it and let's pray there won't be WW III or any wars at all actually.


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