John Rabe

John Rabe

Deutschland / China / Frankreich 2007-2009, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Nanking in 1937. Hamburg businessman John Rabe has lived with his wife Dora in the former Chinese capital for almost thirty years. He is head of the local branch of Siemens and is now due to return to Berlin. The manager is reluctant to leave because he has developed a real bond to the country and its people. But, during his farewell party, Nanking is bombed by the Japanese, who have recently taken Shanghai. The whole town is in panic and Rabe opens the doors of the company′s compound in order to provide refuge for his workers and their families desperate to escape the raid. While the fires are extinguished and the damage is inspected the next morning, the city′s remaining foreigners come together to discuss what can be done in the face of the Japanese aggression. German-Jewish diplomat Dr Rosen suggests that a security zone be set up for Chinese civilians. John Rabe is appointed chairperson of Nanking′s security zone because, as ′axis powers′, Germany and Japan have agreed to assist each other during the war.

The only voice of dissent is Dr Wilson, chief physician of the local hospital, who harbours nothing but animosity for Rabe, the ′Nazi′. The imperial Japanese army cracks down on the Chinese civilians population with astonishing brutality. However, Rabe and his comrades-in-arms succeed in wresting the planned security zone from the Japanese. Hundreds of thousands of people flee into the zone – many more than are expected. Finally, the Japanese make use of a pretext in order to attack the zone – for Rabe a race against time begins…

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Florian Gallenberger
Assistant director:Andi Lang, David Dietl
Script supervisor:Björn Berger
Screenplay:Florian Gallenberger
Director of photography:Jürgen Jürges
Camera operator:Robert Patzelt
Assistant camera:Jörg Gruber, Johnny Feurer, Johnny Feurer, Jörg Gruber
2nd Camera unit:Kenny Lam, Lutz Reitemeier
Optical effects:Joachim Grüninger (Leitung)
Production design:Juhua Tu
Production design:Marcus Wellendorf
Storyboard:Raymond Boy
Make-up artist:Heike Merker, Kitty Kratschke
Costume design:Lisy Christl
Editing:Hansjörg Weißbrich
Sound design:Heiko Müller, Mario Hubert
Sound:Guillaume Sciama
Foley artist:Roland Platz
Audio mixing:Christian Bischoff
Casting:Cornelia von Braun
Music:Laurent Petitgirard, Annette Focks
  
Cast: 
Ulrich TukurJohn Rabe
Daniel BrühlDr. Georg Rosen
Steve BuscemiDr. Robert Wilson
Anne ConsignyValérie Dupres
Dagmar ManzelDora Rabe
Jingchu ZhangLangshu
Teruyuki KagawaPrinz Asaka
Matthias HerrmannJochen Fließ
Tetta SugimotoKesago
Akira EmotoGeneral Matsui
Christoph Hagen DittmannChristian Kröger
Hans-Eckart EckhardtBotschaftsangestellter
Shawn LawtonJohn Magee
Christian RodskaLewis Smythe
Gottfried JohnBotschafter Dr. Oskar Trautmann
ArataMajor Ose
Yu FangHsianglin Han
Li MingChang
Yuan Wen KangGu
  
Production company:H & V Entertainment GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig), EOS Entertainment GmbH (Oberhaching), Majestic Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin), Huayi Brothers & Taihe Investment (Beijing), Pampa Production (Paris)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
Producer:Jan Mojto, Mischa Hofmann, Philip Voges, Benjamin Herrmann
Co-Producer:Nicolas Traube
Executive producer:Mathias Schwerbrock
Line producer:Marion Dany
Unit production manager:Dorissa Berninger
Production assistant:Linda Kornemann
Shoot:18.10.2007-19.01.2008: China (Shanghai, Nanking, Nanjing)
Original distributor:Majestic Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Bayerischer Bankenfonds (BBF) (München)
Length:134 min
Format:Digital überspielt auf 35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 04.03.2009, 117009, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 07.02.2009, Berlin, Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 02.04.2009

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Originaltitel (DE) John Rabe

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Original

Length:134 min
Format:Digital überspielt auf 35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 04.03.2009, 117009, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 07.02.2009, Berlin, Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 02.04.2009
 

Awards

Festival des deutschen Films, London 2009
Publikumspreis
 
Filmfest München 2009
Bernhard-Wicki-Filmpreis
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2009
Lola, Bester Hauptdarsteller
Lola in Gold, Bester Spielfilm
Lola, Bestes Szenenbild
Lola, Bestes Kostümbild
 
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2009
Bester Darsteller
Produzentenpreis für den "Besten Film"
 

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