"Nanking! Nanking!" is a symphony of brutality, desperation and the grime and dirtiness of war. The obvious nationalism is something I can easily overlook due to the artistic merits of the picture as a whole. It holds back no punches, it is a vicious cycle of death, suffering and chaos painted beautifully and masterfully by Lu Chuan and his crew.
Also a huge shout out to Liu Tong who handles the music and sound of the movie in an incredible way. The droning drums which hail the coming of terror.