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Synopsis: On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians — an infamous tragedy now referred to as the Rape of Nanking. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to deal with this seminal event in their modern history, CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime, and an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema.


Drama / History / War




Mandarin and Japanese with English Subtitles

Run Time

135 minutes




Hideo Nakaizumi (Kadokawa)
Ye Liu (Lu Jianxiong)
Yuanyuan Gao (Miss Jiang)

Directed by

Lu Chuan

Written by

Lu Chuan

Produced by

Han Sanping
Qin Hong
Zhou Li
John Chong
Andy Zhang

Executive Producer

Lu Chuan

Edited by

Yun Teng


Tong Liu

Production Designer

Yi Hao


Yu Cao


San Sebastián International Film Festival - Spain - 2009

Golden Seashell (Chuan Lu)

San Sebastián International Film Festival - Spain - 2009

Best Cinematography (Yu Cao)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - USA - 2011

LAFCA Award for Best Foreign Film (Chuan Lu)


Exquisitely shot in black and white, with a rare attention to detail and dramatic complexity, "City of Life and Death" is a timelessly great film that commands our collective attention. - Joe Williams , St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's a film strong enough to change your life, if you can bear to watch it at all. - Kenneth Turan , Los Angeles Times


Rotten Tomatoes - 92% Certified Fresh! - [Rotten Tomatoes]

Country of Origin

China / Hong Kong

Production Year


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