Nanking (2007)

Filmmaker Bill Guttentag takes a closer look at the atrocities committed by the Japanese after Nanking fell to the Imperial Japanese Army in 1937 with this documentary that was inspired by Iris Chang's novel The Rape of Nanking.… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: December 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This powerful and horrific documentary brings the atrocities committed at Nanking to light without sugarcoating any of the brutality.

Jonathan F. Richards

The lesson here is not simply to vilify the Japanese soldiers of that era, but to make sure that we never forget who we are and what our country stands for today.

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Ian Buckwalter

A noble effort, but a flawed delivery. The film would benefit from more time spent with the real survivors, and less with actors tasked with "playing" the Western saviors.

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Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

Nanking bombards you with words and images of acts too barbaric to fully absorb.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

Sheds light on particular wartime atrocities largely neglected in the collective memory.

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S. James Wegg

Living through a screening of ... the 1937/8 Japanese invasion, devastation and occupation of Nanking creates a fervent wish to have nothing o do with our membership cards in the homo sapiens species.

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Beth Accomando

Nanking is a sometimes clumsy and sometimes artistically flawed documentary but in the end it presents a powerful account of what happened in Nanking at the end of 1937 and beginning of 1938.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

This painful documentary ends on a hopeful note, although with a clear view of the cloud over human nature.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A deft and dramatic melding of talking-head documentary, historic photos and film footage and readings by a cast of actors, the film is a devastating depiction of man's inhumanity to man. It is also about how some of us are brave enough to say 'No.'

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A brutal introduction to events that should be better known.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The presentation here is at first questionable. It begins with a look behind the wizard's curtain and we are shown a bit about how what we are about to see… More
William Goss
Talking-head format robs actions both harrowing and heroic of their full impact.
Dillon Lupky
Straightforward and to the point, this documentary on the seldom heard Nanking atrocities is as intelligent as it is well made.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Nanking" is a devastating documentary about the 1937 occupation and rape of Nanking(it is estimated there were 20,000 rapes in… More