May 14, · An extraordinary, widescreen, black and white ballet of convulsed humanity and blasted infrastructure, City of Life and Death is Chinas first straightforward dramatization of . City of Life and Death is a Chinese drama film written and directed by Lu Chuan, marking his third feature film. The film deals with the Battle of Nanjing and the following massacre committed by the Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The film is also known as Nanking! Nanking! or Nanjing! Nanjing!. The film was released in Starring: Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Fan Wei, Qin . Beautifully shot in black and white and telling the harrowing story of the mass murder and horrific mistreatment of the population of the Chinese capital, City Of Life And Death can be seen as 92%.