This is an excellent film that depicts the horrific events which accompanied the Japanese conquest and occupation of the Chinese city of Nanking in 1937. What is good about this film is that it does not universally demonize the Japanese occupiers and takes the time to establish that a few amongst them retained their sense of humanity and decency - even though for them the results are tragic. Equally the enormous trauma and horrors the Chinese population of Nanking have to endure are depicted with a stark realism that is searing in its intensity and emotion. The film is shot in black and white which adds a certain authenticity to it. If you are interested at all in this era of history, or just in a story of people enduring the unendurable this film is highly recommended.
THIS DVD WAS NOT INTENED TO BE ON MY QUEUE LIST
A brilliant but very disturbing movie about the Japanese Army's attack and capture of the City of Nankin(China) in 1937. The Japanese Army did not become barbarians during World War 2. They were already barbarians. Definitely not for Children.
Brutally realistic, this is a fine film but only for viewers who can tolerate seeing the atrocities of war in quite extreme detail which is why I didn't give it a higher rating than it probably deserves. The actors on both sides, Chinese and Japanese are superb and you feel like you are right in the middle of the hell that is Nanking when watching it. If this is only a portrayal of only half of what went on during the attack on Nanking, God help Japan if she goes to war with China again because next time it won't be so one sided. I doubt China has forgotten what happened in WW2 at the hands of the Japanese so easily nor completely forgiven either.
Very bloody and a bit to realisitic
Excellent movie. Refreshing to see a war film minus the Hollywood rubbish.
This is a must see movie, as we often gloss over horrible events in history – but ignoring it is as good as insulting the victims. The film has excellent cinematography yet also has good documentary value. Whilst the events it portrays are extremely horrific relative to contemporary cinema, the portrayal was not as brutal as literary records suggest. As much as I am a huge fan of Japanese culture and achievements, this is one act they have yet to atone for. I sincerely hope they do – not for politics, for the sake of the victims.
what a waste of time i wish qflix would say subtitles and also it was in black & white time wasted,