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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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.