Plot & Details
The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl's point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic Church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.
The film represents one of China's most ambitious productions, involving the recreation of 1937 Nanking built from scratch over a one-year period and the collaboration of one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men (Christian Bale).
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 145min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 01/20/2012
- DVD Release Date: 07/10/2012
- Distributor(s): Wrekin Hill Entertainment
- Director(s): Zhang Yimou
- Starring: Christian Bale , Paul Schneider , Ni Ni , Shigeo Kobayashi , Shigeo Kobayashi
- Themes: Life Under Occupation
- Tone: Tense
- Keywords: American [nationality], China, Chinese [nationality], Japanese [nationality], cathedral, church, massacre, war
- Country of Origin: China (12-16-2011),USA - Limited (zz-zz-2012)
- Language: English,Mandarin
|Year||Award||Category||Cast & Crew||Result|
|2011||Hollywood Foreign Press Association||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|