City of life and death [electronic resource].
- Chinese. This edition in Mandarin with English subtitles.
- New York, NY : Kino International, 2011.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (135 min.).
- Chong, John, producer. Attributed name
- Chuan, Lu. Director
- Fan, Wei, 1962 September 2- Actor
- Han, Sanping, 1953- Attributed name
- Liu, Ye, 1978- Actor
- Nakaizumi, Hideo, 1976- Actor
- Qin, Hong, producer. Attributed name
- Zhang, Andy, producer. Attributed name
- Zhou, Li, producer. Attributed name
- CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH, a stunning depiction of the Rape of Nanking, is "a film strong enough to change your life" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). Director Lu Chuan (Mountain Patrol) based the film on the recorded witness testimony from the real-life survivors of the massacre, meticulously recreating the infamous reign of terror conducted by the occupying Japanese army in the Chinese capital of Nanking in 1937. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to 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 the crossfire, 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 Japanese soldier Kadokawa (Hideo Nakaizumi), who struggles to live with his conscience in a city where executions are commonplace. Lu is "an extraordinary visual artist" (Manohla Dargis, NY Times), and CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH contains searing B&W images that are impossible to shake, creating an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema.
- Publication date
- Countries of origin: Hong Kong, China.
- Title from resource description page (viewed Nov. 7, 2012).
- Previously released as DVD.
- Nominated 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Film
- Nominated 2009 Golden Horse Film Festival Golden Horse Award, Best Visual Effects
- Nominated 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Asian Film
- Nominated 2010 Asian Film Awards, Best Composer
- Nominated 2010 Asian Film Awards, Best Film
- Nominated 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Asian Film
- Won 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Achievement in Cinematography Award
- Won 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Achievement in Directing Award
- Won 2009 Golden Horse Film Festival Golden Horse Award, Best Cinematography
- Won 2009 Oslo Films from the South Festival, Films from the South Award, Best Feature
- Won 2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Cinematography Award
- Won 2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival Golden Seashell Award
- Won 2010 Asian Film Awards Best Cinematographer Award
- Won 2010 Asian Film Awards Best Director Award
- Won 2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards LAFCA Award, Best Foreign Language Film
- Won 2nd Place 2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards LAFCA Award, Best Cinematography