Strong violence and nudity

Film synopsis

Exploring one of the most devastating chapters in wartime history, City of War is the heartfelt true story of one man’s courage to stand tall and save the lives of over 200,000 Chinese civilians. Set against the 1937 invasion of Nanking by the brutal Japanese Imperial Army, the story of influential German engineer John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur, The Lives of Others) has become the stuff of legend. Favourably compared to fellow countryman and saviour Oskar Schindler, Rabe’s affiliation with the Nazi Party, his highly respected background and abilities would provide the profile and ingenuity to construct a safety zone in which nearly a quarter of a million civilians sought sanctuary and lived to tell their extraordinary tale of survival. Directed by Oscar® winner Florian Gallenberger and winner of several major international awards, City of War also features Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds) and Steve Buscemi (Fargo).

Running time

129 Minutes

Year of production



Ulrich Tukur
Daniel Brühl
Steve Buscemi


Florian Gallenberger


Georg Gruber, Lunaris Film, Benjamin Herrmann, Mischa Hofmann, Xiaowan Li-line China (as Li Xiao Wan), Christian Littmann, Christoph Menardi, Lunaris Film, Jan Mojto, Nicolas Traube, Christer von Lindequist, Caroline von Senden, Zhongjun Wang



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