Nanking (2007)

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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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Filmmaker Bill Guttentag takes a closer look at the atrocities committed by the Japanese after Nanking fell to the Imperial Japanese Army in 1937 with this documentary that was inspired by Iris Chang's novel The Rape of Nanking. Compiled from over 700 hours of footage including news-reel footage, interviews with survivors and soldiers, and staged readings, Nanking was financed in large by millionaire Ted Leonsis, who had read Chang's obituary and subsequently been prompted to read the author's best-selling account of the massacre.
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R (for disturbing images and descriptions of wartime atrocities, including rape)
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Documentary
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Cast

Hugo Armstrong
as Rev. John Magee
Rosalind Chao
as Chang Yu Zheng
Mariel Hemingway
as Minnie Vautrin
Jürgen Prochnow
as John Rabe
Michelle Krusiec
as Yang Shu Ling
Woody Harrelson
as Bob Wilson
Chris Mulkey
as Mills MacCallum
Stephen Dorff
as Lewis Smythe
John Getz
as George Fitch
Sonny Saito
as Sakai Hiroshi
Robert Wu
as Chinese Soldier
Mark Valley
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Nanking

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
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November 16, 2011
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Straightforward and to the point, this documentary on the seldom heard Nanking atrocities is as intelligent as it is well made.

Dillon Lupky
Dillon Lupky

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½

Talking-head format robs actions both harrowing and heroic of their full impact.

William Goss
William Goss

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