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City of Life and Death trailer

CityofLifeandDeath.jpgCity of Life and Death, originally titled Nanjing! Nanjing!, has a new trailer although I'm not entirely sure why. The release date in UK, Spain, Russia, Greece, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China have all passed and the only remaining dates are for Argentina and France. Perhaps this is to try and bolster sales for a potential US release?

From the comments that the trailer carries about the film you might think that a release in America was a foregone conclusion, however I wonder if there's an appetite for a film like this while troops are abroad.

I remember not being able to see it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last year and I was really disappointed as even then there were positive comments coming out about it and I was keen to see a retelling of the events and also how the film portrayed them.

From all accounts the film itself looks fantastic and is powerfully directed, and since it tells the true story of a massacre of civilians and soldiers, as many as three hundred thousand civilians slaughtered, it's certainly a story that needs to be told and remembered.

Here's the blurb for City of Life and Death which comes from director Chaun Lu:

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 is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime, and an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema.

The trailer looks epic and feels like a cross between Saving Private Ryan and at times Shindler's List. It's certainly going to be powerful and moving, and perhaps upsetting, but it's a true story.

You can see the trailer over at Apple Trailers, and it's well worth watching.



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