Shanghai Ghetto
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In the late 1930s, as the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe and the fate of Germany's Jewish population began to look increasingly grim, many Jews began seeking refuge wherever they could find it. However, with Europe no longer safe and passage to Great Britain or the United States frequently unavailable, many were forced to seek out other destinations; one unexpected haven turned out to be Shanghai, which was willing to take in the refugees. However, with the Chinese city under Japanese occupation following the Sino-Japanese war, Jews were forced into a squalid tumbledown ghetto known… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even if it offers nothing cinematic, the story alone is important, and interesting, enough to warrant seeing."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The film is a worthy addition to the vast catalogue of Holocaust cinema but too narrowly focused on the experiences of the refugees, to the exclusion of Chinese and Japanese sources."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A worthy educational reminder of how many strange stories grew out of the Holocaust experience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Shanghai Ghetto should be applauded for finding a new angle on a tireless story, but you might want to think twice before booking passage."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The film is delicately narrated by Martin Landau and directed with sensitivity and skill by Dana Janklowicz-Mann."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The mix of such fascinating events with the memories of those who endured them is undeniably compelling, even if much of what's described here has been described for decades."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Shanghai Ghetto, much stranger than any fiction, brings this unknown slice of history affectingly to life."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"A sad but inspirational story that needs to be told and should be seen."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's incredible the number of stories the Holocaust has generated. Just when you think that every possible angle has been exhausted by documentarians, another new film emerges with yet another remarkable yet shockingly little-known perspective."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The strength of the film comes not from any cinematic razzle-dazzle but from its recovery of an historical episode that, in the simple telling, proves simultaneously harrowing and uplifting."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Fairly artless even by the standards of talking-heads documentaries, Shanghai Ghetto still proves fascinating."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A documentary that is stirring and enlightening."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"It's too bad that the picture lacks a clear narrative thread and, ultimately, much of a point besides telling a weird little story in an overly familiar sort of way."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"An absorbing documentary."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This may not have the dramatic gut-wrenching impact of other Holocaust films, but it's a compelling story, mainly because of the way it's told by the people who were there."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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