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Plot: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed.
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the tragedy of history
A very fine movie, strong and rather heavy. I was relatively familiar with the events that took place in Nanjing therefore I was not surprised by the atrocities I saw reenacted on the big screen.The device of shooting the film in black and white was effective, in the sense that it created an impression akin to a documentary or a current affairs reportage of the age. Alessandro Ahmenabar may have said that he wanted “Agora” to give the impression that it reported events from 4th century A.D. Alexandria like a CNN live correspondence but I think “The City of Life and Death” was the movie that succeeded on that, giving to the spectator the impression of watching the events in live coverage.
Although it portrayed numerous atrocities, it masterfully avoided the trap of succumbing to “pornography of violence”. It also tried to treat the incidences of mass rape and “comfort women”, which after all are the reasons that the conquest of Nanking became notorious and was named The Rape of Nanking, in a relatively discreet manner, the only one possible.
The actors were expressive and one must note that this multi-person drama, lacking a protagonist was reminiscent of the technique of the films of Robert Altman also lacking a protagonist.
It was also a good idea to create a positive and repentant Japanese character in order to alleviate the obnoxious impression that the viewer would form about the Japenese people in general.
I do not know whether there is a propaganda value in this movie but judging it a work of art, being not involved in Sino-Japanese affairs, I find it outstanding.
Choice of Life and Death
Although I am always angry on the historical crimes done by Japanese soldiers on Nanjing citizens, I felt not so impressive but calm by this film unlike many others who were totally shocked by the it. What can help me understand the purpose of this film is the title in English – City of Life and Death, which Chuan want to emphasize in his film. The end of the film also highlighted this key point by the suicide of Kadokawa with a question of life or death. Another choice on this question is demonstrated in the film is from Mr. Tang. He left his pregnant wife alone and choose to stay in Nanjing. He choose death because he gave another people the life. And his life will be prolonged by his second child to be born. So every scenario in the film is a choice. Actually many of them are not real choice. At that situation, you have no choice under the weapon of inhuman troops.
Original Language zh
Runtime 2 hr 12 min (132 min) (Hong Kong), 2 hr 13 min (133 min) (France), 2 hr 13 min (133 min) (USA), 2 hr 12 min (132 min) (Mar del Plata) (Argentina)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director Chuan Lu
Writer Chuan Lu
Actors Ye Liu, Yuanyuan Gao, Wei Fan, Lan Qin
Country China, Hong Kong
Awards 17 wins & 13 nominations.
Production Company China Film Group Corp., Media Asia Films Ltd. [hk]
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (intended ratio), 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4, Zeiss Master Prime, Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 235, Cooke S4, Zeiss Master Prime and Ultra Prime Lenses, Arriflex 435 Advanced, Cooke S4, Zeiss Master Prime, Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 535B, Cooke S4, Zeiss Master Prime, Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Moviecam Compact, Cooke S4, Zeiss Master Prime, Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Kodak Cinelabs, Beijing, China
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 50D 5201, Vision2 200T 5217)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (4-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383)