Nanking Synopsis
Interviews with Chinese survivors tell of the Japanese invasion of Nanking.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Not only is the film a powerful historical record and a warning for future generations, it is an essential reminder to people, including...
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90

Time

By Richard Schickel
I have rarely, if ever, seen a documentary reconstruction of a historical event that is so rich in firsthand (and well-preserved)...
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
What Guttentag and Sturman gain in dramatic immediacy, however, they lose when it comes to historical context, and the chance to offer...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Thorough and sadly engrossing documentary.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It is the devastating testimony from survivors themselves that leaves the most indelible impression.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The stories are harrowing, and because they are delivered by living, breathing witnesses, they move us in deep ways that the archival...
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75

Chicago Tribune

Whatever the numbers, testimony cited in Nanking portrays the episode as a horrifying chapter in man’s renowned inhumanity to man.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Everyone knows about the Holocaust, but few today have heard about what was infamous as the Rape of Nanking, when 200,000 residents of what...
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70

Film Threat

While at times the film begins to feel like a laundry list of bad deeds, the first-person accounts pack a wallop.
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67

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
A handsome documentary on a brutal subject.
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Nanking

By dominique.francon
A simultaneously depressing and uplifting documentary about the occupation of Nanking, China by Japan prior to World War II. Presented skillfully via archival film footage, interviews of surviving...

Must see for any Chinese or Japanese

By used_2_go_5_times_wk
Great movie. A must see. Not just another do***entary. Great writing....

Nanking

By JW_NT
Very graphic but an important historical film....

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Rated R | For disturbing images and descriptions of wartime atrocities, including rape