| Biography, Drama, History
A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Several Japanese actors when approached immediately turned down any suggestion about appearing in the film. The Nanking massacre still touches a raw nerve in Japan today and for some Japanese actors the thought of appearing in a film about it was beyond comprehension.
Stop it! This is the safety zone. Get out and leave the women alone.
John Rabe: We're Germans. Germans. We're Germans.
John Rabe: Help me out here, damn it!
Dr. Georg Rosen: Heil... Shitler. Heil Shitler.
John Rabe: That's not funny.
Dr. Georg Rosen: We got through.
John Rabe: All the same, he is the Führer of the German ...
Dr. Georg Rosen: ...
There is a scene where Dr. Rosen and John Rabe are drinking together and then join in a duet of "Hitler. He only had one ......". This was set just before Xmas 1937. The song is not believed to have been written until 1939. (Autobiography Fringe Benefits, by writer Donough O'Brien where he says that the original was written in August 1939 by his father, Toby O'Brien)
German TV version features ca. 45 minutes of additional footage.
Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Japanese, English, Ukrainian
$5,199 (USA) (28 May 2010)
$67,255 (USA) (10 October 2010)