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Nanjing! Nanjing!

Lu Chuan Hong Kong, 2009

Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film City of Life and Death

A stark and haunting telling of the massacre of Nanking, the Chinese capitol invaded by the Japanese in WWII. The battle scenes are appropriately harrowing, but the real power is in the film's devastating 2nd half. Shot in striking black and white, the film is a stirring portrait of wartime terrors, and of humanity amidst unspeakable tragedy.