Watch City of Life and Death
- 2 hr 13 min
Lu Chuan's third major feature film, City of Life and Death dramatizes the historical facts of the Nanking Massacre that occurred early on during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The movie weaves together the stories of a number of Chinese soldiers and civilians caught in the initial invasion and victimized during the occupation, a Japanese soldier among the invasion force trying to live with atrocities he is witnessing, and several European and American foreigners (most notably a German business man who is a part of the Nazi Party) who are trying to save Chinese citizens by the creation of the Nanking Safety Zone during the conquest of the city by Japanese forces in 1937. Through numerous points of view, Lu Chuan explores one of the most infamous and contentious occurrences of human rights abuse in Asian history, including the initial invasion of the capital city of Nanking, violations of the Safety Zone by invading soldiers, the massacre of innumerable civilians, the extra-judicial executions of Chinese prisoners of war, and the host of sexual atrocities inflicted during and after the assault, including the system of "Comfort Women."