John Rabe

Deutschland China Frankreich 2007-2009 Spielfilm

Summary

Nanking in 1937. Hamburg businessman John Rabe has lived with his wife Dora in the former Chinese capital for almost thirty years. He is head of the local branch of Siemens and is now due to return to Berlin. The manager is reluctant to leave because he has developed a real bond to the country and its people. But, during his farewell party, Nanking is bombed by the Japanese, who have recently taken Shanghai. The whole town is in panic and Rabe opens the doors of the company′s compound in order to provide refuge for his workers and their families desperate to escape the raid. While the fires are extinguished and the damage is inspected the next morning, the city′s remaining foreigners come together to discuss what can be done in the face of the Japanese aggression. German-Jewish diplomat Dr Rosen suggests that a security zone be set up for Chinese civilians. John Rabe is appointed chairperson of Nanking′s security zone because, as ′axis powers′, Germany and Japan have agreed to assist each other during the war.

The only voice of dissent is Dr Wilson, chief physician of the local hospital, who harbours nothing but animosity for Rabe, the ′Nazi′. The imperial Japanese army cracks down on the Chinese civilians population with astonishing brutality. However, Rabe and his comrades-in-arms succeed in wresting the planned security zone from the Japanese. Hundreds of thousands of people flee into the zone – many more than are expected. Finally, the Japanese make use of a pretext in order to attack the zone – for Rabe a race against time begins…

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

 

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Credits

All Credits

Assistant director

Script supervisor

Director of photography

Camera operator

Assistant camera

2nd Camera unit

Production design

Storyboard

Make-up artist

Costume design

Foley artist

Audio mixing

Cast

Co-Producer

Executive producer

Line producer

Unit production manager

Production assistant

Original distributor

Shoot

    • 18.10.2007 - 19.01.2008: China (Shanghai, Nanking, Nanjing)
Duration:
134 min
Format:
Digital überspielt auf 35mm, 1:2,35
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 04.03.2009, 117009, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 07.02.2009, Berlin, Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 02.04.2009

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) John Rabe

Versions

Original

Duration:
134 min
Format:
Digital überspielt auf 35mm, 1:2,35
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 04.03.2009, 117009, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 07.02.2009, Berlin, Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 02.04.2009

Awards

Festival des deutschen Films, London 2009
  • Publikumspreis
Filmfest München 2009
  • Bernhard-Wicki-Filmpreis
Deutscher Filmpreis 2009
  • Lola, Bestes Kostümbild
  • Lola, Bestes Szenenbild
  • Lola, Bester Hauptdarsteller
  • Lola in Gold, Bester Spielfilm
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2009
  • Bester Darsteller
  • Produzentenpreis für den "Besten Film"