Release date:December 12, 2007
Directors:Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
MPAA Rating:R (for disturbing images and descriptions of wartime atrocities, including rape)
Screenwriters:Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Starring:Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Jürgen Prochnow, Stephen Dorff
Directed by the Academy-Award-winning team of Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman ("Twin Towers") and marking the producing debut of AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis, "Nanking" is a powerful reminder of the heartbreaking toll that war takes on the innocent, and a testament to the courage and conviction of a few individuals determined to act in the face of evil. The film tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. The events of the film are told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries as performed by Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Jurgen Prochnow, and Stephen Dorff, among others.