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  • Directors: Wu Ziniu
  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ais
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012TZ8IM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,059 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NTSC/Region 0. In 1937, Chengxian brought his Japanese wife and children to Nanking. Japanese invasion separated this family. When Chengxian and his pregnant wife reunited in the security zone, several hundreds Japanese soldiers broke through the barricades of the security zone, killing the foreigners and advanced towards the helpless women & children...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Nibley on July 5, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie has already been released where I live and it is amazing. In the vein of Schindler's List and other war tragedies, this isn't a movie to be watched for it's entertainment value but rather as a testament to what our fellow humans have suffered and endured. This movie honors the men, women, and children who were murdered so horribly and does it without being sappy or melo-dramatic.

The two things I like best about this movie are the shots that include thousands and thousands of real actors which give it an authenticity that I've never seen matched in another movie, and that it doesn't seem to dehumanize the Japanese as a race (the mother and daughter who are Japanese are so wonderful and lovable) which would have been easy to do, but simply tells the story of what happened to these unfortunate souls.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brent Gates on September 6, 2009
Format: DVD
While Don't Cry, Nanking is sometimes a propaganda vehicle for the Chinese, at the expense of the Japanese, it is a far more realistic portrayal of war than many Hollywood movies, including Saving Private Ryan.

The movie deals with the situation during the Japanese invasion of China prior to World War II, focusing on the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians when Japan occupied the capital city of Nanking in 1937.

The story involves a couple, one of whom is a Chinese doctor, and the other is his Japanese wife, who have to deal with the invading soldiers. The doctor, being Chinese, has reason to worry about the invaders. The wife doesn't have to deal with the Japanese soldiers, but she is isolated among all the Chinese.

The reason the movie is realistic is because it details a relationship between parties from opposite sides of the conflict. Movies that show such relationships (and it doesn't have to be romantic) are more realistic than movies that don't, since there are always two sides to every story. The movie illustrates the cost of war to people on both sides of a given conflict. Also realistic is the fact that the actual decisions by the Japanese general who becomes responsible for the death of thousands are also justified in practical terms, not in any sadistic sense (though the individual soldiers' actions vary in cruelty).

The film illustrates the nature of violent conflict and is worth watching purely for comparison to any of the world's hot spots of violence today. The unequivocal truth is that not a single lesson has been learnt from these horrific conflicts and acts.
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