Bale Stars In China's Costliest Film
Flowers Of War

The emotive and still understandably contentious subject matter of The Flowers Of War is about a period which has become historically known as the 'Rape of Nanking'. In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese war, Japanese troops captured the former capital of the Peoples Republic of China and subjected it's citizens to an unrelenting programme of mass murder, mutilation and rape.

It's not a subject that can be dealt with easily or in any way simply but at least it's been placed in the reassuringly safe cinematic hands of director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower). By all accounts it's the most expensive film yet produced by China and has already been submitted as the country's entry at next years Oscars. It's not difficult to see why from the trailer below.

Christian Bale plays an American, John Haufman, who finds himself, unluckily, in Nanking during the siege. In a bid to survive he begins wearing the robes of a dead priest . As such, he unwittingly becomes a saviour/protector to a group of young girls and a collection of the city's prostitutes. Expect much bloodshed, troubling violence and tragedy amidst the beauty of the cinematography. This is definitely a film to watch out for.

There has been no confirmed release date as yet, although 'Flowers Of War' will be showing in China from 16th December 2011.

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