Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 14, 2008

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

(USA/2007) Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman

Nanking is a searing reminder of the heartbreaking toll that war takes on the innocent, and a testament to the courage and conviction of a handful of individuals determined to act honorably in the face of evil. This is the almost unbelievable story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II, focusing on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who provided refuge for over 200,000 Chinese. The brutality and devastation of the Japanese invasion in which hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens were systematically murdered still seems almost unimaginable; to recall these events in ways that we can relate to on a human level, the filmmakers use rare archival footage, interviews with Chinese survivors, startling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, and readings of the Westerners’ letters and diaries, performed on and off camera by Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemmingway, Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot), Stephen Dorff and others. One of the year’s most important and revealing documentaries was a sensation at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. (107 min.) Fri. and Sat. at 7:00; Sun. at 4:00 and 7:00

“Powerful and haunting.”       -indieWIRE