Buscemi in Nanjing saviour story
Steve Buscemi is set to star in another film about the Nanjing massacre. This one is the true story of German businessman John Rabe (Wikipedia) who, despite being a Nazi party member, created a safe area within Nanjing and helped save more than two hundred thousand lives.
The Japanese taking of the Chinese capital during World War II claimed the lives of an estimated three hundred thousand civilians.
According to Variety the international cast includes Daniel Bruehl, Anne Consigny, Lu Huang, Zhang Jingchu, Teruyuki Kagawa, Akira Emoto, and Ulrich Tukur as Rabe himself. Steve Buscemi is to play the American Doctor Robert Wilson who remained in Nanjing during the Japanese occupation to care for the victims.
There are a number of Nanjing films released and in production at the moment to tell this horrific story. Despite the terrible side to the story there are good things to hear, such as the actions of some of the selfless people who tried to save others.
These stories are ones that I believe need to be immortalised in any form of literature, we need to be reminded of the horrors of war as well as the positive tales of human triumph such as these.