City of Life and Death: Chinese Traumas, Chinese Memories
As part of University of Liverpool’s Chinese Studies module "Projecting China: An Introduction to Chinese History and Cinema", Dr Leon Rocha presents a new film programme, The Cultural Politics of Chinese Cinema: From Wire-fu Fantasies to Historical Epics. Exploring propaganda, trauma and memory, and the globality of Chinese cinema, these three important films speak to different aspects of cultural politics in contemporary China.
The third film in this series, City of Life and Death (2009), directed by Lu Chuan, deals with the Nanjing Massacre. Through this unrelenting, graphic portrayal of violence during the Sino-Japanese War, we can understand how China had tried to process war, trauma, memory, identity, and nationalism.