History Needs Extraordinary Heroes
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- Released: September 7, 2010
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Strand Home Video
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
- Note: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Other Strand Releasing Trailers
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Cantonese, English, German, Mandarin
- Subtitles - English
Rating: 4/5 -- An impressive film, with a careful and emotive story... [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
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Rating: 2.5/5 -- Despite its gruesome scenes of hundreds of Chinese prisoners of war being lined up and executed and its ostentatious shots of severed heads, the movie is less than indelible.
New York Times
Gallenberger tells Rabe's story deftly, establishing essential elements of the man's personality in subtle shorthand.
3 stars out of 4 -- Gallenberger's film deserves to be seen. Ulrich Tukur gives a poignant, understated performance.
Rating: 2/4 -- There are many powerful moments, including a mass beheading, before the film turns into a sappy, Frank Capra-esque affair. Full Review
New York Post
Rating: B -- Thanks to Tukur, what we get here is still something: a stunning portrait of a good man caught in a widening inferno. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
3 stars out of 5 -- Boasting impressive production values, engaging storytelling and a standout lead performance by German star Ulrich Tukur...
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 ruthless 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. Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Dagmar Manzel, and Steve Buscemi star.
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