October 8, 2015

Cinemascope: John Rabe

Cinemascope is a regular blog post where I will share with you movies and TV shows I think are worth watching.

Released in 2009.

Plot line: Based on actual events, John Rabe tells the story of a German businessman who rescued more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanking Massacre in China by courageously negotiating a safety zone to protect innocent civilians from the Japanese Army. Drawing from John Rabe's 1937 diaries as source material, Academy Award® Winner Florian Gallenberger has crafted a portrait of a man revered as a saint in China to this day and yet never rewarded for his courage during his lifetime. 

I knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about John Rabe, so was delighted to find this movie. It is set during the Nanking Massacre, so do not expect any laughs. I appreciated learning about this piece of history, and there is a certain kind of irony in a member of the Nazi party saving so many people. Tough to watch, but well worth it.

You can see the movie trailer here. If you have yet to see it, this is a movie worth watching.

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