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S. No.

Exhibition

F I L M R E V I E W

Date

Venue

1

China Traditional Chinese Medicine Fair

08-10 OCT

Jinhan Exhibition Centre, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Pharmaceutical factories, decoction pieces factories, processing machinery factories, planting base and distributors

2

China (Shenzhen) International Logistics & Transportation

12-14 OCT

Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Railway, Shipping & Aviation industry

3

China Education ExpoBeijing

15-16 OCT

China World Trade Center (CWTC), Beijing, China

Education Professionals looking to maximize access to the latest trends and innovations in education

4

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics

18-2 OCT

Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai, China

Apparel Fabrics

5

AgrochemEx

20-22 OCT

Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

Crop protection industry

6

World Renewable Energy Asia Regional Congress and Exhibition

28-31 OCT

Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Development in Building and Environment, Renewable Energy, Building new facilities, new technologies, new materials, new products, and new technology promotion

7

Metalworking & CNC Machine Tool Show

01-05 NOV

Shanghai New International Expo Centre(SNIEC), Shanghai, China

State of the art technology, machinery design, tools and parts manufacturing for the IT, Electrical, Electronics, Shipbuilding, Aerospace and Automotive Industries

8

Environmental Protection Technology & Equipment Show

01-05 NOV

Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), Shanghai, China

Environmental Protection Technology

9

China International Regimen Expo

06-08 NOV

China National Convention Center(CNCC), Beijing, China

Healthcare Industry

10

Shanghai International Wind Energy Exhibition & Forum

16-18 NOV

Shanghai World Expo Theme Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Wind Energy Industry

11

Bio China

18- 20 NOV

Suzhou International Expo Center, Suzhou, Anhui, China

Biotech industry

12

Rubber Tech China

22-24 NOV

Shanghai New International Expo Centre(SNIEC), Shanghai, China

Rubber Technology Industry

|62| India-China Chronicle  November 2011

City of Life and Death

Products/Sectors Covered

Directed by : LU CHUAN

A

line that sums up City of Life and Death, a retelling of the World War II Nanjing massacre, comes from the film’s protagonist, Kadokawa: “Death is easier than life.” He captures the terror of the 250,000 Chinese refugees in the eastern Chinese city who, having survived the mass slaughter of invading Japanese troops, faced torture in the international “safety zone” established by Nazi businessman John Rabe. The film, by acclaimed Chinese director Lu Chuan, retells the Japanese occupation of Nanjing in the winter of 1937-1938. The Chinese government puts the figures for those massacred at 300,000, and the tragedy remains a source of tension with Japan, seen in China as not taking responsibility for the atrocities. What sets Lu’s version apart is its sympathetic portrayal of the aggressors. Hideo Nakaizumi plays Kadokawa, a Japanese soldier, who reveals his humanity and naivete as horrors escalate around him. The movie opens with the Japanese bombardment of Nanjing, and loyal Chinese troops trying to stop their fleeing comrades. We follow the street-by-street fighting between the ragtag remains of the defending army and the invaders – fairly standard war-movie fare, until the killing begins in earnest. Japanese soldiers mow down prisoners in pre-dug mass graves, in fields, at the edge of a river, or set them alight in boarded-up buildings.

to wonder what eventually happens to Kadokawa. Most Chinese characters in the film, even key ones like Mr Tang, Rabe’s secretary, and Miss Jiang, an assistant to the foreigners in the safety zone, would eventually be killed. Lu shows us intimate scenes from Japanese camp life, the result of two years pouring over the diaries of Japanese soldiers and other primary documents. We see Kadokawa’s initiation as a killer and how he loses his virginity to a comfort woman, Yuriko. He then naively falls for her.

Violence Cut In a nation where the Nanjing massacre has come to symbolize the decades of martyrdom that prefaced Communist redemption of the nation (in the lore of the current regime, at least), even the government censors found Lu’s film too violent, and asked for scenes of raped and murdered women to be cut. Why sit through two hours and 18 minutes of such grim history? One reason is Nakaizumi, who manages to weave an air of mystery around his character and leads the audience November 2011  India-China Chronicle |63|


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Body in Barrow Later, he mistakes a Chinese woman, a hostage from the international zone traded for the safety of the rest of the refugees, for Yuriko, and then watches the same woman’s body carted off in a wheelbarrow like trash. Black-and-white cinematography by Cao Yu reveals a morbid beauty in scenes of Japanese troops tamping down the earth in a strange tap dance on recently filled graves. The cruelest officer turns his back to choke back tears as a Chinese prisoner is executed. The sympathetic portrayal of Kadokawa, and his growing horror at the unfolding violence, has made the film controversial in China, where documentaries about the Sino- Japanese war are a staple on state-run television and the Nanjing episode features in every child’s civic education. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that Lu’s ambivalence toward the aggressors jives with a recent trend in Western movies, such as “The Reader,” which explore the complexities of war. Government Choice The film is one of 10 chosen by the government to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic. Called Nanjing! Nanjing! in China, it drew 300,000 to 500,000 moviegoers a day in the first 10 days of its release and has a box-office tally of 170 million yuan ($25 million) to date, making it the top-grossing film in China this year, said Isabelle Glachant, an associate producer for the movie. Lu is one of five Chinese directors to break the 100 million yuan mark in box office sales, a club that includes China’s most famous directors overseas, such as Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern.) Homage to past masters The scope, breadth and bravissimo of classic world cinema is gapingly absent from the filmic scene as we know |64| India-China Chronicle  November 2011

it. A Tree of Life, Carancho, Certified Copy or Midnight in Paris become all the more precious. Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan joins the ranks of the greats with his richly humane war epic, City of Life and Death. Deep blacks, grays and whites form the timeless imagery of Yu Cao’s gorgeously antiquated camera work, framing a series of interconnecting tales and characters involved in the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. This entire device conceptualizes the lost aesthetics of history and cinema, recalling and surpassing Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Lu’s eye casts our hearts forcefully but gently into the shoes of these men and women, Chinese and Japanese, torn in the machinations of battling nations. Containing many of the most alarmingly Eisensteinian battle sequences in some time, Lu personalizes the political and aesthetizes the unthinkable, rooting us in the horrors and sympathies of mankind. His cast is sheer brilliance at shining souls of the past; Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi, Yuanyuan Gao and many others palpitate the fates of the formerly faceless. All aspects of the work fuse spellbindingly, forging a firm place in our hearts and minds as a formidable war picture, human drama, work of art. Lu pays homage to his past masters, communicating the lineage which is our art form. Eisenstein, Rossellini, Ford, Fuller, and Coppola have burned themselves into his mind, and he, in turn has burned himself into our hearts. Operating in a more demanding, ambitious mode than in his sleek poaching thriller Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, Lu must have felt the weight of interpreting a storied national tragedy in only his third feature film, and notwithstanding the technical means by which he creates a disturbing and vivid picture of Nanking’s six weeks of sexual assaults and massacres, City of Life and Death doesn’t take the extra step of pondering the causes of the sadistic frenzy; it just is. 


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