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Christian Bale to star in Zhang Yimou's epic Nanjing Massacre

12.22.2010

Though THE DARK KNIGHT RISES looms large on the horizon, Christian Bale has signed on to another big-budget epic set to begin filming next year. Chinese director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) announced yesterday that Bale has signed on to star in NANJING HEROES, a $90 million production set to begin filming next month in Nanjing.

The film will follow the Nanjing (or Nanking) Massacre that took place in the 1930s during the Sino-Japanese War. Japanese soldiers took Nanjing by force and killed and raped an estimated 50,000 civilians. Bale would star as an American priest working in China who helps the locals escape certain death. The film will be shot with about 40% of scenes in English with the remainder in Mandarin Chinese.

The film could very well wind up being the most expensive production in Chinese film history passing John Woo's RED CLIFF.

It's unclear at this time how or when the film would be released in the United States but Sony Pictures Classics has traditionally released Yimou's films stateside.

Extra Tidbit: Bale really should win the Best Supporting Oscar for THE FIGHTER.
Source: THR

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11:04AM on 12/23/2010
Sounds good, but there are many current atrocities that could be documented. Personally, I'd rather see something about Mao Tse-Tungs Great Leap Forward, but then I doubt that China would allow it to be made.
Sounds good, but there are many current atrocities that could be documented. Personally, I'd rather see something about Mao Tse-Tungs Great Leap Forward, but then I doubt that China would allow it to be made.
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10:22PM on 12/22/2010

Looking forward to this.

This is good news because the Nanking Massacre seems to be a forgotten historical event. I just saw an excellent foreign film about it called "John Rabe." There is a reason that so many Chinese still hate the Japanese, & this is one of the main reasons why. I'm excited that Bale has signed on so now it will hopefully get some people interested in it. I understand it happened in 1937, but it's still an interesting yet terrible story that needs to be told w/a big budget.
This is good news because the Nanking Massacre seems to be a forgotten historical event. I just saw an excellent foreign film about it called "John Rabe." There is a reason that so many Chinese still hate the Japanese, & this is one of the main reasons why. I'm excited that Bale has signed on so now it will hopefully get some people interested in it. I understand it happened in 1937, but it's still an interesting yet terrible story that needs to be told w/a big budget.
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6:08PM on 12/22/2010
A wide audience needs to know about the Nanking Massacre. The event is a very dark chapter in our mutual human history. And, maybe people should know how deep into the abyss we humans can sink. Maybe, people should know how desperate human hours and conditions can be. I compliment Bale highly for even taking the role. Yimou will tell the story, certainly, in the right way. I am sure that he will be respectful yet unsparing.
Consider seeing Nanking, a documentary. It includes Mariel Hemingway
A wide audience needs to know about the Nanking Massacre. The event is a very dark chapter in our mutual human history. And, maybe people should know how deep into the abyss we humans can sink. Maybe, people should know how desperate human hours and conditions can be. I compliment Bale highly for even taking the role. Yimou will tell the story, certainly, in the right way. I am sure that he will be respectful yet unsparing.
Consider seeing Nanking, a documentary. It includes Mariel Hemingway and Jurgen Prochnow doing voicework. The documentary will haunt a viewer. It has me. But, people should see it. The film-makers interview massacre survivors, Japanese veterans, and foreignors who tried to help (often futiley) Chinese during the multi-day massacre. Apparently, Bale will play one of them.

I wish Yimou and Bale godspeed making this film.
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4:28PM on 12/22/2010
Haven't seen The Fighter yet but it does look like he'll win.
On a slightly unrelated note, how about Bale as John Marston in the inevitable Red Dead movie?
Haven't seen The Fighter yet but it does look like he'll win.
On a slightly unrelated note, how about Bale as John Marston in the inevitable Red Dead movie?
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3:42PM on 12/22/2010

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He'll most likely win, but I could seriously see Renner stealing it from him for "The Town".
He'll most likely win, but I could seriously see Renner stealing it from him for "The Town".
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2:46PM on 12/22/2010
That's one weird massacre.

They raped 50.000 people?
That's one weird massacre.

They raped 50.000 people?
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12:44PM on 12/22/2010
OMG I am so excited! Bale is a great actor and Zhang is a great director! Let's hope they can squeeze this one out before TDKR.
OMG I am so excited! Bale is a great actor and Zhang is a great director! Let's hope they can squeeze this one out before TDKR.
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12:07PM on 12/22/2010
Bale HAS to win. Best performance I've seen in a movie in at least a couple years.
Bale HAS to win. Best performance I've seen in a movie in at least a couple years.
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10:36AM on 12/22/2010

Fact.

Bale was incredible in The Fighter. Definitely reminiscent of the actor he used to be and obviously still is. No more crap for him, hopefully.
Bale was incredible in The Fighter. Definitely reminiscent of the actor he used to be and obviously still is. No more crap for him, hopefully.
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9:49AM on 12/22/2010

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Bale will win. There's no question at this point. I'd bet everything I have on it.
Bale will win. There's no question at this point. I'd bet everything I have on it.
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9:36AM on 12/22/2010
Cool.

I can just see the scene where Bale's priest character loses his faith in God and screams to the heavens, "Seriously man, you and me we're fucking done professionally!"

Oh come on! I can't move on. His quotes in that rant are amazing on a Mamet level.
Cool.

I can just see the scene where Bale's priest character loses his faith in God and screams to the heavens, "Seriously man, you and me we're fucking done professionally!"

Oh come on! I can't move on. His quotes in that rant are amazing on a Mamet level.
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11:20AM on 12/22/2010
LOL! Well done friend.
LOL! Well done friend.
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