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50 Ratings


United States, 2007
Documentary, History, War


Nanking tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II, and how a small group of unarmed Westerners established a “safety” zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge.

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Nanking Directed by Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2007 | Winner: Documentary (Editing Award)

National Board of Review

2007 | Winner: Top Five Documentaries

Writers Guild of America

2008 | Nominee: Documentary Screenplay Award

Hong Kong International Film Festival

2007 | Winner: Humanitarian Award (Documentary)

What are people saying?

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Nanking

    In large parts this is an indigestible documentary. Not only the often inappropriate reenactment of historical text sources through speaking actors (and their facial play) are hard to bear but also the nearly permanent emotionalizing musical background (and neglect of possible semantic contexts of the music itself). Problematic is also the lack of historical reflexion and/or contextualization.

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