南京南京 Within the scope of Asian history, few events carry the ugly and sickening connotations of the Rape of Nanking. Japanese forces invaded that Chinese city on December 9, 1937, and in the six weeks to follow, soldiers raped thousands of women and annihilated hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. Director Lu Chuan directs this black-and-white docudrama account of that horrifying six-week period, with the benefit of an ensemble cast that includes Hideo Nakaizumi as a conscience-stricken Japanese soldier, Fan Wei as the aid to a German humanitarian worker, and Gao Yuanyuan as the head of a refugee camp. Lu relays the events directly and straightforwardly, with a careful avoidance of sensationalism and excessive sentimentality, and uses the chronicle to meditate on the insanity of war for all of those involved.
Opening lecture: Nanjing! Nanjing! An Historical Overview of China in the 1930s
By Dr. Adiel Portugali (Tel-Aviv University & China Culture Center)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director: Lu Chuan
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
18:30 Lecture (in Hebrew), 19:15 Film starts
Free entry – registration required
Cinema East presents a collection of Chinese films, from the classics of 1930s Shanghai to China’s best sellers today. The screenings will be accompanied by theme lectures, exhibitions, cinema talks and further activities, which will expose and explore China’s varied cinematic and cultural landscape. All films & lectures of Cinema East Series are FREE and open to the public.