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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Nanking is grim but ultimately uplifting, a reminder that even in dangerous times, brave individuals can hold the line against barbarism.

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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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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

Anyone who sees Nanking should know going in what a brutal story it is, but no one should miss it because of a restrictive rating.

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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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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Nanking doesn't tell us why decency and compassion completely break down from time to time. It just tells us something terribly modern and all too familiar.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Nanking does justice to this tragedy even though it makes the mistake of mixing the testimony of actual participants with staged readings from actors subbing for real people.

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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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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