JOHN RABE

By Florian GALLENBERGER

HUAYI BROTHERS MEDIA CORPORATION - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2009

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CHINA, GERMANY, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 134 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Florian GALLENBERGER
    • Writer(s)
    • Florian GALLENBERGER
    • Synopsis
    • Oscar-winning director Florian Gallenberger explores the crucial role that foreigners played in helping countless Chinese escape a fate worse than death in this period docudrama concerning the 1937 invasion of Nanking by the Japanese Imperial Army. Casually known by historians as the "Rape of Nanking," the relentless assault on the then-Chinese capitol found countless men, women, and children slaughtered with a ferocity that shocked the entire world. Yet, despite the violence that surrounded them, some people refused to sit by silently as the innocents perished. One of those people was German engineer and Nazi party member John Rabe, who earned the nickname "The Schindler of China" for constructing a vast safety zone in which nearly a quarter of a million civilians sought sanctuary.
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