We’ve been provided with an exclusive clip from the upcoming historical drama The Flowers of War. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero), the film is set during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 and stars Christian Bale as a priest who seeks refuge in a local church, where he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese. The pic is the most expensive movie that China has ever made, and the production values are on full display in the impressive trailers.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The Flowers of War is in select theaters now.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) tells an epic story of love and sacrifice in THE FLOWERS OF WAR, starring Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni.
The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic Church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.
The film represents one of China’s most ambitious productions, involving the recreation of 1937 Nanking built from scratch over a one-year period and the collaboration of one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men (Christian Bale).