Thorough, sincere, and depressing as hell, this American-produced historical documentary on the Rape of Nanking in 1937 relates the horrors of the Japanese invasion of that Chinese city using actors (Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Rosalind Chao, Jürgen Prochnow, et al.) reading eyewitness accounts, graphic newsreel footage, and the talking-head remembrances of both the Chinese victims and the Japanese conquerors. Essentially, the citys foreign community saved thousands of lives by just being there as observers, and the Japanese have never atoned for their atrocious behavior. Screenplay by directors Guttentag and Sturman, with writer Elizabeth Bentley (88 min., 2007).
Director: Bill Guttentang, Dan Sturman, Elisabeth Bentley and Bill Guttentag
Writer: Dan Sturman
Producer: Ted Leonsis, Bill Guttentag and Michael Jacobs
Cast: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Mariel Hemingway, Michelle Krusiec, Chris Mulkey, Jurgen Prochnow, Sonny Saito and Graham Sibley