John Rabe (2009)

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John Rabe
Movie Poster
Country FRA.jpg France

CHN.jpg China
GER.jpg Germany

Directed by Florian Gallenberger
Release Date April 2, 2009
Language Cantonese
Mandarin Chinese
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Rabe Ulrich Tukur
Dr. Georg Rosen Daniel Brühl
Dr. Robert O. Wilson Steve Buscemi
Langshu Jingchu Zhang
Oskar Trautmann Gottfried John
Jochen Fließ Mathias Herrmann

John Rabe is a 2009 German-Chinese-French movie directed by Florian Gallenberger. When the imperial Japanese army invades China in 1937 and proceeds with unimaginable brutality against the civilian population of the then capital, Nanking, John Rabe responds to it. Together with a small group of international businessmen, doctors and missionaries remaining in the city, he sets up a civilian protection zone under great personal danger, in which 250,000 people survive what will later be included in the history books as the Nanking Massacre.

The following weapons were used in the film John Rabe (2009):



Nambu Type 14

Japanese officers use Nambu Type 14 pistols. Note that the Nambu pistols in the the movie are Late models with larger trigger guards that are enter production until two years later in 1939.

Late Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
An officer aims at Dr. Wilson (Steve Buscemi).
"You wanna shoot me? Go Ahead!"
A Nambu lies on a table.
Langshu's little brother aims the pistol.

Hanyang C96

A Chinese officer is briefly seen with a possibly Hanyang C96 pistol.

Hanyang C96 pistol - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The officer at the right takes aim.
The officer fires.


Arisaka Type 38

The Arisaka Type 38 is the standard rifle for the Japanese Army.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Japanese soldiers celebrate the capture of Nanking on December 13, 1937.
Close up of the bolt.
A soldier holds his Arisaka with fixed Type 30 bayonet.
Soldiers with their rifles..
..taking aim at Chinese.

Type 24 Zhongzheng

Chinese soldiers use Type 24 Zhongzheng rifles. Both versions are used with straight and turned bolt handle.

Type 24 Zhongzheng rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Type 24 Zhongzheng rifle with turned-down Kar98k style bolt handle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Chinese soldiers in a truck with their rifles.
Chinese soldiers taking cover.
A Chinese is guned down holding his Type 24 with turned bolt.
Soldiers fire at Japanese planes.
Close up of the muzzle.

Submachine Guns

M1 Thompson

U.S. Navy sailors can be seen with anachronistic M1 Thompsons with drum magazines and muzzle brakes to resemble correct M1928A1 Thompsons.

M1 Thompson with 20-round magazine - .45 ACP.
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP.
The sailor in the background holds his Thompson. Note the muzzle brake
Closer view on a Thompson behind Dora Rabe (Dagmar Manzel). Note the position of the bolt actuator and the "L" style sight.

Machine Guns

Type 3

Two Type 3 Heavy Machine Guns used by Japanese soldiers.

Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun 6.5x50mm SR
The two HMGs on a truck.
Close up of the strip.
Japanese soldiers fire the Type 3.

Type 11

A Type 11 Light Machine Gun is seen in Archival footage.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
The LMG on the left.

Type 24

A Type 24 heavy machine gun is used by Chinese troops to defend Nanking.

Type 24 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Close up of the muzzle disk.
Chinese getting the HMG in position.

Bren gun

Chine soldiers use also a Bren gun.

Bren Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This variant of the Bren was manufactured by Inglis in Canada and was supplied to the Chinese army during WWII.
Soldiers fire the Bren at Japanese planes.
A Chinese fires the Bren during the Battle of Nanking.


Type 94 75mm Mountain Gun

Japanese soldiers use several Type 94 75mm Mountain Guns.

Type 94 75mm Mountain Gun- 75 x 294 mm R
Japanese soldiers pushing the Mountain Gun.
Ready to fire.

Type 97 Chi-Ha

Two Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tanks are used by the Japanese.

Side view of the tower.
Front view.

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