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City of Life and Death

Film/Video

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City of Life and Death

Lu Chuan, 2009

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Fri, July 22, 2011 7 PM
Sat, July 23, 2011 7 PM

"Truly a masterpiece!"—Los Angeles Times

Shot in stark black-and-white, this film is an indictment of the cruelty of war and an unforgettable cinematic achievement. In December 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, killing as many as 300,000 citizens during a six-week reign of terror. Chuan's bold and harrowing account is told with startling humanism through the eyes of both victims and oppressors, as it shows the Chinese struggle to survive and a Japanese soldier's struggle with his conscience. (132 mins., 35mm)