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Nanjing! Nanjing!

Lu Chuan Hong Kong, 2009

Zach Closs's rating of the film City of Life and Death

I've been reluctant to write about this film for the past seven years, otherworldly though it is; words can't do it any justice. Drawn from eyewitness testimony of The Rape of Nanking's survivors (and perpetrators), it is an artful, spare, impartial and human portrait of war's abject horrors. The fleeting moments of decency and pity throughout will haunt you for days. A true masterpiece.