#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – After 28 years building and managing a vast Siemens plant in Nanking, John Rabe is ordered by the new Nazi regime to close it down. Before he can pack, the Japanese army, lead unofficially by a bloodthirsty imperial uncle, lays siege to the city. Rabe accepts, as prominent representative of Japans’ major European ally, to head the Western ex-pats society’s plan to start and run an international zone, like worked in Shangai. Rabe however wants it to save his workers and their close ones, over 200,000, and sacrifices all his personal interests.
Plot: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
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Some explanation about the reception…
… essentially all has been said, but some reviews criticize the diversions from the original story. These would seem to have something to do with Chinese censorship following concerns about economic cooperation with Japan. That may explain the sometimes disjointed story structure, and the inclusion of a ‘good’ Japanese officer warning the Germans about imminent danger to the safety zone, while there is still ample display of Japanese brutality – even though, if you ever visited the memorial in Nanjing itself, you’ll find these rather tame in comparison to the photos there.
At the time of its release in Germany, reviews were largely negative because Rabe’s Nazi Party membership was downplayed in the film. His naivety in regard to Hitler is portrayed (writing him letters urging Hitler to intervene on behalf of the safety zone), but this was seen as way too ambivalent. Gallenberger was criticized for making a ‘big’ film with Hollywood clichés. And instead of a competition slot at the Berlinale, the film was screened as a ‘Special’ because the festival apparently shied away from controversy. Having only seen it now for these reasons, I must say that these complaints are exaggerated. There’s nothing wrong with a German director trying to make a real cinematic feature instead of an overblown TV production, as it is usually the case. And Gallenberger was certainly the right man for the job, given his previous endeavor of a German Bollywood film. Sadly, the entirely justified vilification of the Nazi regime still clouds the perception of individuals living in that era, and there’s some sort of German instinct to snap at everything that could be even remotely interpreted as euphemism – which isn’t the case here.
What I really liked about the film was that it clarifies that the safety zone was an international ‘joint venture’ so to speak, instead of being due to the efforts of Rabe alone. Buscemi played all the right keys with his character, and still restrained his presence to allow Ulrich Tukur to take central stage. And his performance is definitely worth the BlueRay. He is one of the very few German actors with aura; Daniel Brühl, in my opinion, isn’t, but he’s pretty good here, as his scenes with Tukur are balanced very well.
If you found John Rabe’s story amazing, you might be interested in the even more controversial Johannes Lepsius, who was the principal witness of the Armenian Genocide during World War I – under similar circumstances, as Germany and Turkey were allies, as with the Japanese at the time of the Nanjing Massacre. I couldn’t help but think of that while watching ‘John Rabe’ – that a film based on Lepsius would be far more controversial than this one, since Turkey denies the Armenian genocide to this day even more vehemently than Japan denies Nanjing.
I give ‘John Rabe’ 8/10 because I feel this film has been treated a little harshly, but 7.5 sounds just about right.
Fell Short of Expectations due to Critical Flaws
It is well made for a historical/biographical film, but there were a number of critical flaws : overdramatization (the least of its problems as movies need drama anyway) , inclusion of unnecessary scenes of romance, historical or more precisely technical flaws (the existence of such a small hand-held camera was not convincing), Steve Buscemi’s overly-americanized character (i don’t know if ‘balls’ or ‘f***’ were common during those era, but he talked like a modern American), accuracy of the portrayal of the then Japanese soldiers, etc.
However i am glad the actors delivered spectacular performances to cover up those said flaws and made the most out of the limited character development, which was another aspect i would give salute for this film as it manages to focus on the big picture of the rescue efforts.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 14 min (134 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Florian Gallenberger
Writer Florian Gallenberger, John Rabe, Erwin Wickert
Actors Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi
Country France, China, Germany
Awards 8 wins & 7 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory ARRI Film & TV, München, Germany
Film Length 3,676 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)