Based on a true story, John Rabe tells the story of a German businessman who rescued more than 200,000 civilians during the so—called “Nanking Massacre” in China. Drawing from John Rabe’s 1937 diaries as source material, Academy Award ® Winner Florian Gallenberger has crafted a portrait of a man revered as a saint in China to this day and yet never rewarded for his courage during his lifetime.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Despite its gruesome scenes of hundreds of Chinese prisoners of war being lined up and executed and its ostentatious shots of severed heads, the movie is less than indelible.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.07.2010
Drawn from Rabe's diaries, the film is rich in telling and ironic details.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 07.07.2010
One of the main virtues of John Rabe is to demonstrate that, however much we know about the worst of all wars, it still has little-known corners that can amaze us.David Denby, New Yorker, 06.25.2010
It is a tale of a true hero, even if in its minor details it's less than entirely true. For a movie with ambitions as big as "John Rabe," that doesn't just make it good. That makes it epic.Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 09.17.2010