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  • Affecting at times, but finally feels overblown and heavy-handed. show more

  • The biggest problem, however, is the way Zhang romanticizes the unimaginably awful, turning gold-hearted prostitutes and virginal orphans into cinematic martyrs. Though his talents are vast, there may be too much truth in this particular story to suit his extravagant tastes. show more

  • It's something you'd think only the crassest of Hollywood producers would come up with - injecting sex appeal into an event as ghastly at the Nanjing massacre - but it's an element central to The Flowers of War, a contrived and unpersuasive look at an oft-dramatized historical moment. show more

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  • August 07, 2012 jh00000000127703
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    This movie has a lot of depth and a lot of heart. It was brutally honest in its retelling of a horrific event. And although it was made in China and some say that it is geared toward that group, i believe that the message is universal. Anyone with a soul and a heart could not leave the theatre without being affected by some element of the story. All the actresses were wonderful espeically the young girl who narrated the story itself. Mr. Bale did an incredible job in his protrayal of a man torn between his basic need for survival and his duty to do what\'s right. The soilder who ultimately gave his life to protect these girls, was nothing short of a hero. This movie is a ten in my book and i highly recommend it.

  • August 03, 2012 jackd1207
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    This movie was made for a Chinese audience and plays to the Chinese culture that celebrates heroes who make the selfless, ultimate sacrifice. The story is interesting if not engaging.

  • July 11, 2012 plansmaker
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    If you are Chinese, you will cry about the brutality committed by Imperial Japanese Army in this movie. If you are Japanese, you will feel uncomfortable, shame to hate about this movie\'s message. This is the dividing line even today between China and Japan. As a movie, it hits hard with audience\'s emotions. After all we are all people.

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