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Christian Bale goes to China for bloodshed and prostitutes in the trailer for The Flowers of War

10.20.2011

Before he cleans up the streets of Gotham next summer in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Christian Bale will travel back in time for some heroism and carnage in THE FLOWERS OF WAR, from director Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, HERO).

This international trailer doesn't exactly lay out the story in any real sensible way, but the movie is China's official selection for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, so it's gotta be some powerful stuff. It definitely meets the quotient for the WAR part of the title. It's also reportedly China's most expensive production at $90 million, surpassing John Woo's historical epic RED CLIFF.

The 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 (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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1:32PM on 10/21/2011

confusing

What is Bale doing in China bangin' hookers? Shouldn't he & his lisp be in Gotham cleaning up the streets? Guess I'll watch this. Asian broads look hot.
What is Bale doing in China bangin' hookers? Shouldn't he & his lisp be in Gotham cleaning up the streets? Guess I'll watch this. Asian broads look hot.
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11:52AM on 10/21/2011
I am very pumped for this flick. I absolutely loved The City of Life and Death (eventhough I felt shitty for being a man after it) and Bale is one hell of an actor. The trailer doesn't look that great, much like the poster, but I hope it's just not giving the movie its justice
I am very pumped for this flick. I absolutely loved The City of Life and Death (eventhough I felt shitty for being a man after it) and Bale is one hell of an actor. The trailer doesn't look that great, much like the poster, but I hope it's just not giving the movie its justice
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8:50AM on 10/21/2011

pumped

Hopefully Bale shines again. Yimou is one of those directors i've wanted to see do a movie like this.
Hopefully Bale shines again. Yimou is one of those directors i've wanted to see do a movie like this.
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8:44AM on 10/21/2011
He went all the way to China for bloodshed and prostitutes? And in that order?
What about the scenery, the cuisine, the culture? He's missing out, 's all I'm saying.
He went all the way to China for bloodshed and prostitutes? And in that order?
What about the scenery, the cuisine, the culture? He's missing out, 's all I'm saying.
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7:44AM on 10/21/2011
This looks incredible. Not many people realize that the Japanese were arguably even more sadistic than the Nazi's during WWII. The Chinese were victims of many of these atrocities before Mao took over and hung the brutal anchor of Communism on these people to the tune of some 50 million murdered. Obviously the story centers around this priest but the historical setting is truly interesting.
This looks incredible. Not many people realize that the Japanese were arguably even more sadistic than the Nazi's during WWII. The Chinese were victims of many of these atrocities before Mao took over and hung the brutal anchor of Communism on these people to the tune of some 50 million murdered. Obviously the story centers around this priest but the historical setting is truly interesting.
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6:45AM on 10/21/2011
Not that I don't like Bale in this kind of role, he's a very versatile actor but I'd like to see more of him similar to his roles in American Psycho or The Machinist.
Not that I don't like Bale in this kind of role, he's a very versatile actor but I'd like to see more of him similar to his roles in American Psycho or The Machinist.
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3:30AM on 10/21/2011

Not first time

This is the 2nd time Bale plays a character set in the Japanese occupation of China era. Remember 'Empire Of The Sun'?
This is the 2nd time Bale plays a character set in the Japanese occupation of China era. Remember 'Empire Of The Sun'?
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1:50AM on 10/21/2011
I'm really enjoying the rolls that Bale is choosing... keeping it fresh, and diverse. Probably one of the first actors to do so well as a superhero, and not be labelled as batman. The characters being so different, and performing them so well (Dicky in the fighter) defiantly help in achieving that goal.
I'm really enjoying the rolls that Bale is choosing... keeping it fresh, and diverse. Probably one of the first actors to do so well as a superhero, and not be labelled as batman. The characters being so different, and performing them so well (Dicky in the fighter) defiantly help in achieving that goal.
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12:11AM on 10/21/2011
Movie looks great! I'm smelling an Oscar nod for Bale. One thing though...Best Foreign Language Film and this trailer is entirely in English...
Movie looks great! I'm smelling an Oscar nod for Bale. One thing though...Best Foreign Language Film and this trailer is entirely in English...
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7:01AM on 10/21/2011
I think it's best Foreign Language Film - in China. So, being in English makes sense.
I think it's best Foreign Language Film - in China. So, being in English makes sense.
11:00PM on 10/20/2011
It does look a little weird. At least Bale seems good in it.
It does look a little weird. At least Bale seems good in it.
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10:43PM on 10/20/2011
Something feels off. Maybe it's a bad trailer or something. I mean I REALLY dig Zhang Yimou and Christian Bale. But feels just like your average over-melodramatic, ultra-nationalistic, "FUCK YOU JAPAN" film that China has been cramming down our throats for the past years.
Something feels off. Maybe it's a bad trailer or something. I mean I REALLY dig Zhang Yimou and Christian Bale. But feels just like your average over-melodramatic, ultra-nationalistic, "FUCK YOU JAPAN" film that China has been cramming down our throats for the past years.
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7:47AM on 10/21/2011
read your history pal, the Japanese have brutalized the Chinese throughout history. So yeah Japan deserves much of the Fuck You's it gets from the Chinese. America didn't just nuke them for something to do, we knew what savages they were and what they did too people, oh yeah and they bombed the shit out of us first.
read your history pal, the Japanese have brutalized the Chinese throughout history. So yeah Japan deserves much of the Fuck You's it gets from the Chinese. America didn't just nuke them for something to do, we knew what savages they were and what they did too people, oh yeah and they bombed the shit out of us first.
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