Critic Consensus: This powerful and horrific documentary brings the atrocities committed at Nanking to light without sugarcoating any of the brutality.
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as Chang Yu Zheng
as Minnie Vautrin
as John Rabe
as Yang Shu Ling
as Bob Wilson
as Mills MacCallum
as Lewis Smythe
as George Fitch
as Sakai Hiroshi
as Chinese Soldier
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Nanking
The lesson here is not simply to vilify the Japanese soldiers of that era, but to make sure that we never forget who we are and what our country stands for today.
Sheds light on particular wartime atrocities largely neglected in the collective memory.
Nanking doesn't tell us why decency and compassion completely break down from time to time. It just tells us something terribly modern and all too familiar.
Anyone who sees Nanking should know going in what a brutal story it is, but no one should miss it because of a restrictive rating.
Nanking does justice to this tragedy even though it makes the mistake of mixing the testimony of actual participants with staged readings from actors subbing for real people.
The filmmakers employ a powerful technique of interspersing newsreel footage with wrenching on-camera interviews of survivors and sequences of actors reciting from the letters and memoirs of the Westerners on the scene.
Audience Reviews for Nanking
The presentation here is at first questionable. It begins with a look behind the wizard's curtain and we are shown a bit about how what we are about to see was constructed, recreated. But then the actual documentary, like a roller coaster at the apex of the highest point, truly begins, and the mere facts of this story alone are enough to terrify. The pictures serve to put you in the place, allows one to see with one's own eyes, even though you become increasingly aware that the producers have wisely chosen not to show all of what was committed in China then. Not for the faint of heart this. Two eyewitness accounts will burn into your memory forever.
Straightforward and to the point, this documentary on the seldom heard Nanking atrocities is as intelligent as it is well made.
Talking-head format robs actions both harrowing and heroic of their full impact.
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