New Trailer for THE FLOWERS OF WAR Starring Christian Bale

     December 11, 2011


Wrekin Hill has released the first U.S. trailer for The Flowers of War, the latest from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero).  The film is set during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.  Christian Bale stars 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 Flowers of War is said to be the most expensive China has ever made, and all that money appears on the screen.  The production values are stellar.  That combined with the use of English (about 40% of the dialogue) made Flowers the natural selection for China’s official Oscar submission.

Speaking of which, The Flowers of War will sneak into theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco starting December 21 for an Oscar-qualifying run.  A wide release will follow in early 2012.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

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).


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  • Ryan D

    Out of all the foreign films, this looks to be the best out of all of them. The Christian overtones also might play well with OSCAR voters.

  • Bryan

    Because Hollywood is full of Christian fundamentalists? You don’t make any sense, Ryan Douchebag.

  • Bryan

    I just hope the movie isn’t laden with one-sided nationalism that’s typical in Chinese films. Remember Ip Man? They really like to pick on the Japanese. But I guess Western movies do the same with Nazis.

    • whatever

      There is a reason why the Japanese are despised in China and Korea. Moreover, unlike the Germans, the Japanese remain almost entirely unapologetic. Sadly, ignorant Westerners, like yourself, feel obliged to rush to their defense without having bothered to read up on the subject (you could start by googling “comfort women”). Rest assured, had the Japanese committed similar crimes in the US…well, let us just say that the “one-sided nationalism” of the Chinese seems pretty tame.
      Trying reading and thinking before you post about something you clearly know nothing about.

    • Doug

      Watch City Of Life & Death a chinese film with similar premise and arguably less commercial. The filmaker gave a japanese soldier a touch of humanity and was given a death threat. Oh and “Whatever” before you call someone else arrogant, the reason japanese government is unapologetic is because they felt the war crimes accused were exaggerated.

      • Jacobs

        I totally agree with that. SO many claims are exaggerated and sometimes flat out wrong. But whenever someone tries to further examiner these claims in a critical light, they are lambasted by the Chinese government and nationalists and are accused of racism. The Chinese government seems to love distracting the Chinese people from the heinous human rights violations that it inflicts on them by focusing their attention on events 70+ years past and stirring up their blood.

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  • Steve m

    Isn’t this a Chinese version of that Liam neeson speilberg movie?

  • Fragas

    Is this some kind of sequel to Empire of the Sun? xD