Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, October 07, 2011 – Sunday, October 16, 2011

 Detroit Film Theatre

(China/2009—directed by Lu Chuan)

On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians an infamous tragedy now referred to as the Rape of Nanking. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to deal with this seminal event in their modern history, City of Life and Death – which almost literally brought the house down at the Toronto International Film Festival is a visceral, heartbreaking, brilliantly crafted portrait of life during wartime, and an unforgettable masterpiece of modern world cinema. Packed with little-known detail and moments of extraordinary courage amid the overwhelming savagery, City of Life and Death is one of the most harrowing films of all time – a magnificent, unflinching, absolutely essential epic that takes its place among the cinema’s most indelible and heartfelt visions of war. In Mandarin and English with English subtitles. Recommended for audiences aged 18+. (132 min.)

“A startling historical epic, as brilliantly well-made as it is sociologically astute.” –Scott Foundas, Variety

“Truly a masterpiece.” –Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m.