Nanking Film Trailers

Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, “Nanking,” 2007, a documentary interspersing authentic historical footage with reenacted readings of journals, diaries, and letters by Westerners who were in the Chinese capital city in 1937-38.

Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death” (2009), a black-and-white cinematic masterpiece. Realism, and the Japanese point of view, is the advanced technique taken by this Chinese director.  “City of Life and Death” did quite well nevertheless in the PRC box office.

and an excerpt from Lu Chuan’s film showing a Japanese Army drum ceremony and festival dance in Nanking:

and the whole film, with Chinese subtitles:

“John Rabe” by Florian Gallenberger (2009), about the German businessman and Nazi Party member who stayed in the Nanking Safety Zone and saved perhaps up to 20,000 Chinese lives.  The whole film is available in German on YouTube, but English subtitles are available elsewhere:

“Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking,” a production put together to honor the life and research of the young Chinese-American journalist whose 1997 book of the same name blew the lid off the public Nanking debate and continues to generate controversy:

and finally, a US wartime classic, the 1944 propaganda film “The Battle of China,” which runs nearly an hour long:

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