The Flowers of War, a 2011 Chinese historical war film, depicts the accounts of the critically acclaimed novel ‘The 13 Women of Nanjing’. Staring Christian Bale, Ni Ni and Tong Dawei, The Flowers of War has been selected as the Chinese entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards
Set in 1937 in Nanjing, China, amidst the gory turmoil of the Second Shino-Japanese War, John Miller (Christian Bale) is an American mortician sent to conduct a proper burial for the Priest of a convent for Catholic girls. When he arrives during a gruesome invasion, he must decide if he can use his Western-influence to protect the escapees at the convent.
Things are shaken up at the convent when 14 illustrious prostitutes desperate for shelter take refuge at the convent. As two very conflicting worlds must come together to survive the bloody war, lines are blurred and desperation takes control of everyone as Miller takes it upon himself to not only help these girls, but risk his life to ensure their freedom from the Japanese.
Directed by Zhang Yimou, The Flowers of War’s dialogue was shot in about 40 % and the rest in Mandarin Chinese. Through horrific yet equally stunning visuals, the story is developed and brought to life wonderfully. With limited release in Los Angeles and San Francisco, look for this film to make waves in 2012 as it continues to grow and receive more attention in North America.