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     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.

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Adapted from Geling Yan’s historical novel 13 Flowers of Nanjing (Harvill Secker / Random House; 2012), THE FLOWERS OF WAR stars Academy Award® winning actor Christian Bale (The Fighter; The Dark Knight) as John Miller, an American trapped within the besieged city of Nanking when it is invaded by the Japanese Army. The ensemble includes 13-year-old Zhang Xinyi, here in her first film role as Shu, an innocent school girl who along with her fellow classmates is taken under Miller’s protective wing. 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 Haufman (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. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together.Bale headlines the upcoming flick The Flowers of War, an adaptation of Geling Yan’s inspired-by-real-events historical novel “13 Flowers of Nanjing”. It is said to be the most expensive cinematic project ever produced by China (costing some $100 million) and will be the country’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s Oscar competition.

Flowers of War was helmed by Zhang Yimou, a Chinese filmmaker well-renowned for his work on moving period dramas like Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern, and To Live. However, over the past decade, more moviegoers in the U.S. have become familiar with Yimou for his work on acclaimed hyper-realistic martial arts tales like Hero and House of Flying Daggers. That’s not to mention, he also served as the artistic director for the 2008 Olympics Games Opening Ceremony in Beijing.Yimou’s latest cinematic creation looks like a stylistic hybrid of his previous work – mixing the more gritty and realistic design of his historical dramas with the impressively colorful and symbolism-heavy visuals of his action fare. In the film’s international theatrical preview, most of the W.W. II battle imagery is reminiscent of a film like Saving Private Ryan.Since that preview doesn’t really explain the actual Flowers of War plot, here is an official synopsis: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 (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.

Judging by the trailer and that plot synopsis, The Flowers of War is part inspirational war drama, part redemption tale for Bale’s character – who clearly has somewhat of an unscrupulous past to account for. That’s the sort of complex character arc that the (almost) always reliable Oscar-winner handles with ease, which bodes well for Yimou’s new film. Plus, the picturesque cinematography and excellent production design seem reason enough to make this one worth checking out on the big screen.Fair warning, though – only about 40% of the movie is in English, while the rest is Japanese and Mandarin. So don’t go see The Flowers of War if you’re the type who loathes reading subtitles … though, honestly, if you’re interested in watching a foreign film like this, chances are good you don’t mind a little reading.

The international trailer for The Flowers of War (formerly 13 Women of Nanjing, 13 Flowers of Nanjing and Nanjing Heroes) has gone online. Directed by award-winning director Zhang Yimou (Hero), the $90 million period drama has been touted as the most expensive movie in Chinese film history and made headlines worldwide for the casting of Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale as the leading English-speaking actor in the 60% Mandarin/40% English production.Based upon Yan Geling's novel The 13 Women of Nanjing, the movie takes place during the 1937 "Nanjing Massacre," a six-week period during the Second Sino-Japanese War in which soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army brutalized Chinese men, women and children. Bale plays an American priest struggling with his own demons who risks his life to shelter a group of women and children from the Japanese.The trailer contains some impressive action sequences, but not really any coherent plot so we've included the synopsis of the movie that accompanied the Toronto International Film Festival press release to help you make sense of it.

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