Director Florian Gallenberger (2nd L)
and cast members Ulrich Tukur (L), Daniel BrĘ╣hl (R) and Zhang Jingchu pose
on location in Shanghai for "John Rabe" on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. (Source:
BEIJING, Dec. 11 -- Movie fans finally got a peek at
the upcoming Chinese-German film "John Rabe" when its low-profile crew accepted
media visitors for the first time on Monday.
On location in Shanghai, director Florian
Gallenberger induced German actors Ulrich Tukur and Daniel BrĘ╣hl and Chinese
starlet Zhang Jingchu to introduce their characters.
The film, based on diaries left by John Rabe,
recounts the heroic story of the German businessman who sheltered 200,000
Chinese people during the Nanjing Massacre in World War II.
Ulrich Tukur, who plays Rabe, told reporters he
considered the actions of his character astonishing. He has had deep talks with
Rabe's grandchild to portray a true-to-life Rabe on screen.
Zhang Jingchu, who also appears in "Rush Hour 3,"
showed off her fluent English to reporters in a testimony on her
The 20-million-US-dollar film is being produced under
cooperation between China's Huayi Brothers Media Group and Germany's Hofmann
& Voges Entertainment.
It is expected to hit theaters at the end of next