Here is the trailer for Strand Releasing upcoming historical drama John Rabe. Based on a true story, John Rabe tells the epic story of a German businessman who rescued more than 200,000 civilians during the “The Rape of Nanking” in China. On December 13, 1937, the Nanking Massacre started and lasted for about eight weeks as thousands of prisoners of war and civilians were murdered by the Japanese soldiers, and women and children were raped. While the Imperial Japanese Army unleashes a wave of brutality on the civilian population, Rabe and his comrades courageously and skillfully negotiate with the Japanese and wrest a guarantee for a safety zone from them. Hundreds of thousands pour into the zone – much more than expected. However, the Japanese continue to harass and attack the population, and it becomes more and more difficult to get supplies. A race against time begins as the Japanese plan to storm the zone. Drawing from John Rabe’s 1937 diaries as source material, Gallenberger has crafted a portrait of a man revered as a saint in China to this day – yet never rewarded for his courage during his lifetime.
The 129-minute movie is both written and directed by German filmmaker Florian Gallenberger and stars Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon), Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny, Jingchu Zhang and Teruyuki Kagawa.
John Rabe scooped the Audience Award at the 2009 German Film Festival. It also picked up over seven nominations at the German Film Academy Awards. The nominations were for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Ulruch Tukur) and Best Supporting Actor (for Steve Buscemi, one of the few times a Lola nomination has been given to a non-German citizen). It won for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Production Design. Lead actor Ulrich Tukur also won the 2009 Bavarian Film Awards for Best Actor.
John Rabe will hit theaters in New York City (Quad Cinema) and Los Angeles on May 21st.
John Rabe Poster