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.
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).