The film will be released in China on December 16, and the hope is to release it at more or less the same time in the US and other countries. But distribution has to be set up first.
We’ve known that Liu Heng‘s script is based on a historical novel by Yan Geling, and is about 40% English dialogue and 60% Mandarin. The film is China’s most expensive ever produced, with some big battle sequences as part of the story about the infamous 1937 incident called the Nanjing Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, in which Japanese soldiers killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and soldiers, and raped thousands of women after the capture of the city of Nanjing.
The LA Times is enthusiastic about the footage shown today, saying “the film’s battle sequences unfold in a manner both grotesque and beautiful, like a live-action hand-colored postcard of war.”