Top 10 Nanjing Massacre Movies

On December 13, 1937, Japanese invaders occupied Nanjing, . In the following six weeks, the Japanese Army committed extremely horrible crimes, murdering people. It was estimated that more than 300,000 innocent citizens and unarmed soldiers were slaughtered. The ancient capital Nanjing suffered an unprecedented catastrophe and was turned into a living hell. Here below are 10 movies about Nanjing Massacre for you to learn about this segment of history :

1.南京!南京!City of Life and Death (2009)

Director: Lu Chuan
Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan and Hideo Nakaizumi
City of Life and Death, also known as Nanking! Nanking!, is a 2009 Chinese historical movie directed by Lu Chuan. This black-and-white film uses a unique historical perspective to tell China’s own struggle in the war.

2.南京浩劫 Purple Mountain (2008)

Director: Simon West
Stars: Michelle Yeoh
Purple Mountain was shot by Hollywood Viridian Entertainment Company. It vividly recorded the situations before and after this disaster from a family’s perspective, including the Japanese atrocities, Chinese humiliation and struggle, and rescue from other countries…… Purple Mountain is another Hollywood’s reflection masterpiece of World War II after the Schindler’s List, remarked by Deutsche Welle.

3. 拉贝日记 John Rabe (2009)

Director: Florian Gallenberger
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl and Steve Buscemi
John Rabe is a Sino-German co-produced movie about Nanjing Massacre; it is based on the book of the same title, a diary by German businessman during the World War II. The movie tells his witnesses of the whole massacre process, and the story of how he created an International Safety Zone in Nanking and saved more than 200,000 Chinese from the Nanking Massacre in late 1937 and early 1938. The film is dubbed “the Chinese version of Schindler’s List.”

4. 黄石的孩子 The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell and Yun-Fat Chow
The Children of Huang Shi is a Chinese-Australian-German co-production. Set in the late 1930s` war – torn China, the movie tells about how a young British journalist, George Hogg, saves 60 orphaned children during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.

5. 东京审判 Tokyo Trial (2006)

Director: Qunshu Gao
Stars: Joe Bosco, Yongdai Ding and Damian Lau
The Tokyo Trial is a historical film recounting the trial of Japanese war criminals at the end of World War II in 1946. At that time, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East was composed of 11 judges from 11 countries, the majority actually did not agree with the death penalty. The movie depicts how the Chinese judge Mei Ruao, charged the Japanese for war crimes and ultimately sent Hideki Tojo and other war criminals to the fatal tree.

6. 栖霞寺1937 Qixia Temple 1937 (2004)

Director: Jianguo Deng
Stars:  Cunxin Pu, Ismael Amodeo and Xinhua Zhang
The film Qixia Temple 1937 is based on a true story. It tells how a group of patriotic monks at the temple in Nanjing fought against the Japanese invaders, saved over 24,000 refugees and protected the ancient temple during the Nanjing Massacre between December 1937 and January 1938, telling people never forget historical lessons and calling for world peace.

7. 五月八月 May and August (2002)

Director: Raymond To
Stars: Cecilia Yip, Lam Chuen and Lier Qiu
The two sisters May and August and their parents lived a happy life; their father was a teacher who supported the whole family. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the war totally changed their lives. Japanese soldiers killed their father, their mother was raped by Japanese soldiers on the road to buy medicine. Finally the two sisters had to live themselves, learning to face all the upcoming challenges.

8. 黑太阳南京大屠杀 Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre  (1995)

Director: Tun Fei Mou
Stars: Liang Zhang, Yung Pan and Shao-tien Hsiung Black Sun.
Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre is a 1994 Hong Kong movie. The movie depicts Nanking Massacre committed by the Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Some fragments of the move are very similar with Lu Chuan’s Nanjing! Nanjing!. The film is somewhat crude, but the director treats the history very seriously. The film uses the technique of alternating the story with historical footages, making it seem more shocking than Lu Chuan’s  black-and-white film.

9. 南京1937 Don’t Cry  Nanking (1995)

Director: Wu Ziniu
Stars: Han Chin, Ai Saotome and Rene Liu
In 1937, Japan began to attack the whole China. A Chinese doctor and his Japanese wife fled to Nanjing from Shanghai to escape the war. On December 13 the same year, Nanjing was also occupied! The couple witnessed the Japanese army’s criminals of raping and torturing the locals. The wife was also kicked in the stomach and died of abortion.

10. 屠城血证 Massacre in Nanjing (1987)

Director: Luo Guanjun
Stars: Daoming Chen, Kesheng Lei, Danping Shen
The movie Massacre in Nanjing was released in 1987. It depicts how a A Chinese doctor protected some pictures which recorded Japanese soldiers`s atrocities. It is the the first film about the Nanjing Massacre in mainland China.

11 Responses

  1. UserOBD says:

    John Gillespie Maggie is a witness, he had a footage of Chinese people killed by the Japanese Army, and you think that is a propaganda??!! Screw you! You can see many Chinese witnesses, even survivors of the Nanjing massacre who testified on the news! If you are a Japanese living in Japan you should never read newspapers or magazines or even Japanese social media that denies or even censoring the Nanjing massacre. Let me remind you that when it comes to Nanking, it’s NOT a “Jiken” (incident) but rather “Massacre”. To think that the Japs are praising dead soldiers on their shrine is like being an accomplice to those war criminals. When it comes to foreigners visiting Japan, the Japanese people are expecting them to respect their culture, if they don’t they look down on you and hate you. What kind of so-called innocent/polite country would just hide the truth about the Nanjing massacre and hate Chinese people even till now?A polite country that persecute Christians as well??? Why all that sympathy to Japanese anime when it has an anti-Christian standards? Let me tell you, there is no freedom in Japan. Any Japanese person or anyone who denies the fact that the Nanjing massacre, is a delinquent just like the Nazis.

  2. Dave Moore says:

    Only a troll would claim this is a hoax. The fact is Japanese newspapers ran numerous accounts of the massacre. The Japanese were very proud of the behavior of their soldiers. One Japanese newspaper recounted the “bet” by two officers who could behead the most Chinese.

    • UserOBD says:

      How come that the Imperial Japanese Army killed more than 20 million Chinese people?
      How come that more than 50.000 Chinese women were raped by the Japanese soldiers? (That shows that sex/rape is similar to Edo period when it comes to Utamaro for example. When it comes to Japanese perverts, it’s not only in the anime, but also history). How come that the Japanese kill Christians?
      How come that even new-born children where stabbed by the Japanese soldier’s bayonets?
      Why do they kill people just for “fun”? John Gillespie Maggie had a footage of these tragedies.
      Any Japanese person who denies these horrific war crimes in Nanjing is a delinquent just like the Nazis.

  3. joe says:

    still laughing at japan getting nuked for their war atrocities. karma is a biotch

  4. Tom says:


    Naturally you would post a website that claims the Nanjing massacre was a fake. Forget the fact that the domain ends with a .jp.

    We all know that the Japs claimed that it never happened, which is bullshit

    Here are 4 videos with first hand accounts from different people who witnessed the massacre firsthand

  5. haha no says:

    there’s this movie, I don’t remember what it’s called, it’s like flowers of war or something but it’s amazing, I’m surprised it’s Not on this list.

    • Peter says:

      I know the movie, it is “The Flowers Of War” directed by Zhang Yimou. This movie is excellent I think I will update this post and add it to the list.

  6. moguro fukuzo says:

    Nanking Massacre is hoax.It’s a just fabricated propaganda story.
    False Accusations of Nanking Massacre

  7. krishna says:

    this is very awesome and i learnt much about ” The Nanjing Massacre” china movie. more over, it actually feels the emotional touch of china people who victims in the war.

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