Keswick Film Club - City Of Life And Death

Sunday 10th October 5:00 PM

City Of Life And Death (Nanjing, Nanjing)

Director: Chuan Lu Country: China
Cert: 15 Year: 2009 Length: 132 mins Language: Mandarin
City Of Life And Death

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 98KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 83.17% Attendance: 86




The story takes place in 1937, shortly after the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the temporary capital of the Republic of China, and what follows is now known as the Nanjing Massacre. Commander Lu leads a small Chinese unit of regular and irregular combatants in defensive street-to-street fighting against a vastly superior army. This third feature by Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan (The Missing Gun and Kekexili: Mountain Patrol) presents other key individuals - a humane Japanese officer, a ‘comfort woman’, a Schindler-like figure who saved many civilians - who dramatise and give heart to the authentic story of terrible events which still cannot suppress the human instinct for survival.


open_quote One of the finest films of the year so far, it is harrowing, shocking and searingly emotional... the picture has the grandeur of a classic. It should be witnessed. close_quote Kate Muir, The Times



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