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City of Life and Death

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Original title
City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!)
Running time
132 min.
China China
Lu Chuan
Liu Tong
Cao Yu, He Lei (B&W)
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China Film Group / Jiangsu Broadcasting System / Media Asia Films / Stellar Megamedia / Chuan Production Film Studio
War. Drama | China-Japan War (II). Historical. 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
Year 1937. Japanese troops have entered China's temporary capital, where their cruel occupation will be known as "The Rape of Nanjing." Shot in wide lens black-and-white, the film alternates Japanese and Chinese points of view to brush a compelling and impressionist portrait of the day-to-day living conditions in the devastated city and recount the minute ethical dilemmas demanded by surviving in wartime.
2009: San Sebastián: Golden Shell (Best Movie), Best Cinematography, Award Signis
2011: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Languaje Film
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