Nanking With such stunning eyewitness accounts by weeping old Chinese men and women of the rapes and murders they witnessed just before World War II when… Nanking With such stunning eyewitness accounts by weeping old Chinese men and women of the rapes and murders they witnessed just before World War II when… 2007-12-12 R PT90M Documentary THINKFilm
Movie Review

Nanking (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
NANKING Documentary looks at the brutal rampage of Japanese armed forces in pre-WWII China
NANKING Documentary looks at the brutal rampage of Japanese armed forces in pre-WWII China
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Dec 12, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: THINKFilm

With such stunning eyewitness accounts by weeping old Chinese men and women of the rapes and murders they witnessed just before World War II when invading Japanese soldiers brutalized Nanking in a horrifying rampage of exceptional violence, who needs staged readings of Western accounts from the likes of Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway? Nanking, a carefully nonpunitive documentary of remembrance, is emotionally draining, as it should be, but it's also overstructured, as it needn't be; the actors are intrusive in a story that isn't theirs. Besides, the archival photography says it all. B-

Originally posted Jan 09, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints