By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated January 09, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

With such stunning eyewitness accounts by weeping old Chinese men and women of the rapes and murders they witnessed just before World War II when invading Japanese soldiers brutalized Nanking in a horrifying rampage of exceptional violence, who needs staged readings of Western accounts from the likes of Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway? Nanking, a carefully nonpunitive documentary of remembrance, is emotionally draining, as it should be, but it’s also overstructured, as it needn’t be; the actors are intrusive in a story that isn’t theirs. Besides, the archival photography says it all. B-