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Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Japanese forces invaded Nanjing, the former capital of the Republic of China on December 9th 1937. Throughout the following six weeks, soldiers raped thousands of women and annihilated hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians - with mass executions, crowds mown down by firing squads and victims digging their own graves. Few events carry the ugly and sickening connotations of what has become known as the 'Rape of Nanking'. Director Lu Chuan tells the horrifying story through several figures, including a conscience-stricken Japanese soldier and John Rabe, a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians' lives.

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Sun 1 Apr 2012 22:00 BBC Four


Chuan Lu
Lu Jianxiong
Ye Liu
Miss Jiang
Yuanyuan Gao
Hideo Nakaizumi
Mr Tang
Wei Fan
Xiao Jiang
Yiyan Jiang
Ryu Kohata
Bin Liu
Star 8
Yuko Miyamura
John Rabe
John Paisley
Minnie Vautrin
Beverly Peckous


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