The Flowers of War (2011)

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An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.


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Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Heng Liu (screenplay), Geling Yan (novel)

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21 December 2011 | msmith5484
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Zhang Yimou has crafted a beautifully shot and compelling story set inside horrific events. About all I knew of this movie was it was set in 1937 China and starred Christian Bale. Not knowing much allowed me to be completely open to the journey of the characters. This is an emotionally powerful story about people caught in circumstances for which there seems no hope of survival. The Japanese soldiers are shown as barbaric, but we do meet an officer who attempts to remain honorable though he must do his duty to his superiors. The violence in the movie is brutal, but not graphic or gratuitous. The choices and sacrifices made by the characters never seemed contrived. The arc of Christian Bale's character may seem 'predictable', but it is never false or 'convenient' to the story. All actors are excellent. Because they're foreign to me I had no idea who they are or their other work. At the screening I attended we were introduced to Ni Ni, who said this was her first film. She is both beautiful and compelling. I wish her a long career. Yimou, through his daughter, told us about his journey to make this movie - based on a novel, based on real events. He has told an amazing story that will stay with me for a long time.

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Genres

Drama | History | Romance | War

Details

Release Date:

16 December 2011

Language

Mandarin, English, Japanese, Shanghainese


Country of Origin

China, Hong Kong

Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,448 22 January 2012

Gross USA:

$311,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,855,644

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