Synopsis: "Nanking" tells the story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of the horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded together to save 250,000 -- an act of extraordinary heroism. Bringing an event little-known outside of Asia to a global audience, "Nanking" shows the tremendous impact individuals can make on the course of history. It is a gripping account of light in the darkest of times.
Production: ThinkFilm
  7 wins & 5 nominations.
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88 min

Aren't they in danger

of being slaughtered in great numbers?

Shouldn't one make

an attempt to help them?

There's a question of morality here.

And, so far,

I haven't been able to sidestep it.

Tuesday evening, we took our entire

hospital staff to Shokwan Station,

where about 1,200 Chinese soldiers

lay around.

We found the soldiers

scattered thickly at the station.

Some men were in great agony.

One of the men had his leg shot off

up near the hip.

The wound had not been attended.

The odor of his flesh,

I can never, never forget.

When I reached home,

I first washed with Lysol, and then soap,

but the odor still remained.

I used cold cream,

and then later perfume, but...

All day today, I am still conscious of it.

At 9:
00 p.m., a letter came

by special messenger from the Embassy.

They are asking all men and women

to evacuate Nanking.

It was a very clear, emphatic statement.

Standing offshore

from the doomed city is

the United States gunboat Panay

of the Yangtze Patrol.

Fleeing from the beleaguered city,

a number of Americans and others

arrive at the riverside,

hoping to get aboard the Panay.

Diplomats representing the United States

government pack important state papers

and head for the Panay in cars prominently

marked with the American colors.

I personally feel that I cannot leave.

Men are not asked to leave their ships

when they are in danger,

and women are not asked

to leave their children.

If Americans leave,

a great many of the Chinese would go, also.

The hospital would have to close,

or be operated by military authorities.

One can't help feeling that leaving right now

would be passing up an opportunity

for service of the highest kind.

At 1:
30 this afternoon,

I drove to Zhongshan Wharf.

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Bill Guttentag

Bill Guttentag is a double Oscar-winning dramatic and documentary film writer-producer-director. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and Tribeca film festivals. more…

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