• The Flowers of War (2012)

The Flowers of War

Release Date: January 20th, 2012

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2012

R |2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

An American (Christian Bale) tries to protect a group of Chinese students and prostitutes from Japanese soldiers in 1937 Nanjing.

Cast: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Huang Tianyuan, Zhang Xinyi, Xiting Han, Doudou Zhang, Dawei Tong, Atsuro Watabe

Director: Yimou Zhang

Genres: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Edko Films, Beijing New Picture Film Co.

Keywords: 1930s, Emotional, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75

    Bale's presence in the film is a kind of misdirect, a calculated element intended to better its international commercial prospects -- his character makes a clumsily predictable journey from cynical drunken expat to hero willing to sacrifice a chance to escape the country in order to care for the children who've ended up in his charge. show more

  • 75
    Rex ReedObserver

    It's a special film of sacrifice, redemption and hope in the shadow of a holocaust that packs an emotional wallop from which there is no escape. I can't get it out of my thoughts, and I recommend it highly. show more

  • 30
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    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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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language