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John Rabe, le juste de Nankin

John Rabe, le juste de Nankin

A Feature film by Florian Gallenberger

Release in France : 27/04/2011

    Synopsis

    Nankin, China, 1937.

    While all of Europe is in the grip of Hitler's rise to power, at the other end of the world, the Japanese are undertaking to invade China. For thirty years, John Rabe has lived in Nankin, where he manages the Siemens factory that is building a gigantic generator and dam. He is informed that he is being called back to Berlin and that the factory will be handed over to Fliess, a confirmed Nazi for whom Rabe feels nothing but contempt. During the ball to celebrate Rabe's departure, Nankin is bombed by Japanese planes. The inhabitants are terrified and Rabe opens the Siemen factory gates to offer them refuge, hence saving several hundred peoples' lives.

    The following day, foreign diplomats discuss the course of action to follow in this critical context and decide to set up a security zone for civilians in Nankin in order to protect the Chinese population. John Rabe is chosen to direct this zone. While the Imperial Japanese Army goes wild and commits brutalities, carries out decapitations, murders, and rapes among the civil population, 250,000 Chinese flock to the security zone. The Japanese plan to find a pretext for attacking it. Thus begins, for Rabe and his comrades, an unceasing struggle.

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    Producers :

    Nicolas Traube, Benjamin Herrmann

    Director of Photography :

    Jürgen Jürges

    Editor :

    Hansjörg Weissbrich

    Music Composers :

    Laurent Petitgirard, Annette Focks

    Screenwriter :

    Florian Gallenberger

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Florence Narozny

    Production Designer :

    Tu Juhua

    Costume designer :

    Lisy Christl

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Japanese, English, Ukrainian

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    No

    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Germany)

    Production year :

    2009

    French release :

    27/04/2011

    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    120.478

    Visa issue date :

    06/05/2010

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    2.35

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Rating restrictions :

    None