The Flowers of War

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  141 min.
Release Date: February 24, 2012 (limited)
DVD: August 14, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.67
based on 36 votes and 14 reviews
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Cast: Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi, Cao Kefan


Nanjing, December 1937. An American (Christian Bale) hides inside a church with a bunch of frightened school children from maurading Japanese soldiers who are burning the city to the ground. They're soon joined in the church by a dozen seductive courtesans.

Because the Japanese won't harm Westerners, the man is convinced by the women to pose as a priest in order to protect the children from certain death or worse.

Director: Zhang Yimou
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Zhang Weiping
Screenplay: Heng Liu
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  • 5 stars "Excellent movie! The movie had a great cast and the story was well put together offering a heart wrenching and multifaceted glimpse into the suffering and pain the Japanese inflicted upon the Chinese during that war. It broke my heart and at the same time illustrated a touching heroicism. Zhang Yimou is an awesome director."
  • 5 stars "my favourite bale movie period. and that's saying a lot because i loved the dark knight trilogy."
  • 5 stars "excellent movie, great plot, outstanding action and acting."