A batch of new images and posters from the drama The Flowers of War have gone online. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero), the Chinese period epic stars Christian Bale as a Jesuit priest who takes refuge in a cathedral with a group of people as the invading Japanese Imperial Army takes over Nanking in 1937. The pic marks China’s most expensive film in history, and will serve as the country’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. There’s one poster here that stands out (with the butterfly) but none hold a candle to the gorgeous one sheet that was released a few weeks ago. We also have a hefty amount of images from the historical drama.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and images. The Flowers of War opens in China December 16th and will have a qualifying run stateside soon.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Flowers of War:
In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China’s capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Miller (CHRISTIAN BALE), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls. Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone. Through treacherous surroundings and facing unimaginable evil, THE FLOWERS OF WAR, inspired by true life events, manages to tell a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together.