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12 items from 2012

Jet Li Battles A Monster In Sorcerer And The White Snake Trailer

10 December 2012 9:12 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Siu-Tung Ching is a skilled martial artist, stunt coordinator and fight choreographer who has helped shaped such spectacular cinema as Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer, John Woo's The Killer, and Yimou Zhang's Hero. But he's also a prolific filmmaker in his own right, with 27 titles to his credit. Though none of his films have yet to make a major impact Stateside, there may be a change coming as his latest action-packed fantasy epic The Sorcerer and The White Snake is set to make its U.S. debut early next year. The film, which features international action star Jet Li, is based on an old Chinese legend about a man who falls in love with a beautiful woman, only to discover she's in fact a deceptive and magical thousand-year-old White Snake. Li plays the titular sorcerer who must battle this bad beast to save the love-struck man's soul. But »

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Christian Bale – His Five Best, Most Under-Appreciated Films

28 August 2012 5:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Article by Charlie Dunlap

John Connor….Bruce Wayne…..Every film lover worth his or her own salt is aware of the iconic characters which have made Christian Bale a household celebrity name, but what about the other past roles that have gotten him to where he is today? According to IMDb, Bale has appeared in roughly 45 roles (including a few television stints) since 1987′s powerful Empire Of The Sun, in which he filled the shoes of the unrecognizably young, Jamie Graham. With Bale once again splashing across the headlines – most recently regarding his visits to the Aurora hospitals housing victims of the recent Colorado theater shootings, this writer has decided that it’s the perfect time to present five of Bale’s best, more obscure and under-appreciated films, all presented in ascending chronological order:

1) Velvet Goldmine  – 1998

Still a relative unknown at this time, Bale tackles the role of British newspaper reporter, »

- Movie Geeks

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Exclusive Clip From Flowers Of War!

31 July 2012 5:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There are three things Christian Bale does better than anyone else: play the conflicted hero, grow and amusing ginger beard, and put on a gravelly voice. But, as Meat Loaf says – two out of ain’t bad, which is exactly what we’ll get from Bale’s latest drama, Flowers Of War.

Set in China in 1937, Bale plays John Miller, a Westerner who finds refuge with a church populated by convent students and prostitutes. As the Japanese invade and abuse the women, Miller poses as a priest and becomes their protector, attempting to lead them to safety.

Directed by Yimou Zhang, Flowers Of War is already the highest-grossing Chinese production in movie history and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Check out this exclusive clip of the film, which arrives in UK cinemas 3rd August.

Source: Revolver


- Tom Fordy

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Christian Bale's new movie 'The Flowers of War' - pictures

27 July 2012 7:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

New pictures from Christian Bale's upcoming film The Flowers of War have been released. The war drama, which is directed by Hero and House of Flying Daggers helmer Yimou Zhang, centres on a mortician (Bale) who poses as a priest in order to protect a group of young girls in a church during the Japanese invasion of China. Bale has admitted that he found (more) »

- By Emma Dibdin

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Christian Bale's 'The Flowers of War': Watch an extended clip - video

23 July 2012 8:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christian Bale's new movie The Flowers of War has released a new preview clip exclusively through Digital Spy. In the extended preview, Bale's John Miller is seen hiding in the rubble as he tries to evade capture from Japanese troops.

The Flowers of War is directed by Hero and House of Flying Daggers helmer Yimou Zhang. The war drama, (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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The Flowers Of War Blu-Ray Review

22 July 2012 2:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Yimou Zhang‘s The Flowers of War is currently the most expensive Chinese film ever made, starring Christian Bale and gathering numerous awards nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination in 2011. You’d think all of this praise and attention would mean that movie is at the very least a dramatic war film with a gripping story and intense performances, right?

The Flowers of War is dramatic and does contain one notable performance, but aside from that performance and some expertly shot battle sequences, it’s merely just another lengthy Chinese war epic that could use a trimming in the editing room and a little more flavor in the casting department.

It’s 1937 in Nanking and a westerner by the name of John Miller (Christian Bale) is on his way to a church for a brief work, before leaving the war-filled country. He arrives at the church and finds no work »

- Jeremy Lebens

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Contest: The Flowers Of War (2011) Blu-ray: Christian Bale, Ni Ni

10 July 2012 8:41 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »


The Flowers of War Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Flowers of War Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Flowers of War‘s release on DVD and Blu-ray on July 10, 2012. Yimou Zhang‘s The Flowers of War stars Christian Bale, Ni NiPaul Schneider, and Shigeo Kobayashi. The Flowers of War‘s plot synopsis: Based on a historical novel by Yan Geling, and shot with a mixture of Chinese and English dialogue (and some Japanese), the film has Bale [...]

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Review: The Flowers Of War (Yimou Zhang)

23 May 2012 5:37 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Yimou Zhang is back with a new film and once again he means business. The Flowers Of War is China's most expensive film yet and it's one of the first major Chinese films to prominently feature an American Hollywood star as its main character. Mr Batman himself (Christian Bale) is disguising himself as fake-priest John Miller, who takes it upon himself to protect a church full of orphans and prostitutes from the Japanese soldiers.After releasing Curse Of The Golden Flowers Zhang retreated back to China. Between directing the opening sequence of the Olympic Games and releasing two low-key projects (at least internationally speaking, Love Of The Hawthorn Tree and The First Gun - despite the latter being a rough remake of the Coen's Blood Simple. »

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The Flowers of War Blu-ray Release Date, Details and Cover Art

23 April 2012 10:17 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Director Yimou Zhang's Golden Globe-nominated foreign language film The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ni Ni is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 10.

Bale stars as an American mortician trapped in China during a war between the Chinese and Japan in 1937. He takes shelter with thirteen courtesans and a group of schoolgirls within a convent, ultimately deciding to protect them from the horrors inflicted by the Japanese as they continually visit in search of young girls to rape.

The Blu-ray edition of The Flowers of War will include a five-part feature length "making of" documentary. No other bonus features or tech specs are known at this time.


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The Flowers of War - Movie Review

26 January 2012 8:31 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

A pale rehashing of one of the most disgraceful war crimes in modern history. Director Yimou Zhang (.House of Flying Daggers,. .Not One Less.) continues his string of lush sagas displaying grace and beauty in the context of violence and death. Adding to Zhang.s impressive collection of awards, .Flowers. has been chosen as China's Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Christian Bale plays John Miller, hard drinking expatriate, who is forced to make a choice between right and wrong and the time he would least expect it. Ni Ni plays .river girl. Yu Mo who finds her redemption at the same time Miller finds his. Unfortunately, .Flowers. comes off as a bit too much »

- Ron Wilkinson

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The Flowers of War

20 January 2012 6:45 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Flowers of War

Directed by: Yimou Zhang

Cast: Christian Bale, Tony Dagwei

Running Time: 2 hrs 25 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: January 20, 2012

Plot: An American mortician (Bale) staying in China in 1937 pretends to be a priest in order to help orphans, who are holed up at a church, escape tumultuous Nanking.

Who’S It For?: Fans of Bale will find this to be another compelling performance from the now-Oscar winner. As far as war movies go, this is the type that wears its bleeding heart on its sleeve, and then dabs with a tearful tissue. If you’re looking for a less somber depiction of war, stick with Spielberg’s War Horse instead.

Expectations: Making a Chinese movie after winning an Oscar doesn’t seem like the usual victory lap, so as an admirer of Bale’s, I was quite curious. What kind of character would he play in »

- Nick Allen

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14 January 2012 2:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In our latest foreign-language edition of Hookup: Film, we have 35 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the Golden Globe-nominated foreign-language film “The Flowers of War” starring Christian Bale from the director of “Hero”!

“The Flowers of War” from director Yimou Zhang also stars Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Paul Schneider, Shigeo Kobayashi, Atsurô Watabe, Dawei Tong, Tianyuan Huang, Bai Xue, Takashi Yamanaka, Shawn Dou, Kefan Cao and Hai-Bo Huang from writer Heng Liu based on the novel by Geling Yan. The film opens in Chicago on Jan. 20, 2012.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “The Flowers of War” courtesy of, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

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