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[Review] The Flowers of War

16 December 2011 5:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The latest feature from internationally heralded Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, The Flowers of War, is not a tale of soldiers and strategies, but rather of the women and children caught in the crossfire of war. Based on Geling Yan’s novel The Thirteen Flowers of War, this sweeping historical drama is set amidst the horrific backdrop of the Rape of Nanjing, the six-week period in which the Japanese invaded Nanjing, China, and killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians, then–as the weeks drew on–raped the survivors. Yimou, who has created such visually stunning features as House of Flying Daggers and Ju Dou, does not shy away from the brutal realities of this heinous moment in history. The film’s violence is unrelenting and yet beautiful, punctuated with the bold colors for which Yimou is known. For example, when a war-torn building is blown sky high, amid the gore and dust, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Powerful New Trailer For China’s Oscar Entry The Flowers Of War With Christian Bale

12 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In the past few days, we’ve seen a beautiful set of posters and dozens of great images for this year’s Oscar entry from China, The Flowers of War, previously titled Nanjing Heroes and 13 Flowers of Nanjing.

The film, which is led by Christian Bale, has renowned director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) at the helm, and we got our first look at it back in October with an incredibly powerful first trailer.

We’ve now got the first Us trailer for the film to share with you, via Collider, and it is every bit as powerful as the first. A few of the shots we get in this new look are things we saw in the first trailer, but the vast majority is new here, and it all looks incredibly well done, not to mention incredibly moving.

“Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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New trailer for Zhang Yimou & Christian Bale's 'The Flowers of War'

12 December 2011 4:32 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

We have added the new full movie trailer for director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) upcoming war drama, "The Flowers of War." Set during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Japan, the film stars Christian Bale and female newcomer, Ni Ni in the leading roles.Watch the brilliant new trailer for "The Flowers of War" below;"The Flowers of War" opens in New York for 1 week from December 21st and in Los Angeles/San Francisco from December 23rd also for a week. A wide release for the movie is expected in 2012.Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) tells an epic story of love and sacrifice in The Flowers Of War, »

- Anthony Pearson

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New Trailer for The Flowers Of War Starring Christian Bale

11 December 2011 6:37 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Wrekin Hill has released the first U.S. trailer for The Flowers of War, the latest from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero).  The film is set during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.  Christian Bale stars as a priest who seeks refuge in a local church, where "he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese."  The Flowers of War is said to be the most expensive China has ever made, and all that money appears on the screen.  The production values are stellar.  That combined with the use of English (about 40% of the dialogue) made Flowers the natural selection for China's official Oscar submission. Speaking of which, The Flowers of War will sneak into theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco starting December 21 for an Oscar-qualifying run.  A wide release will follow »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Us Trailer For Zhang Yimou's The Flowers Of War With Christian Bale

10 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Zhang Yimou's Christian Bale starring Nanjing Massacre film The Flowers Of War is China's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscars but Us distributors Wrekin Hill are clearly hoping for more as they currently gear up for an awards qualifying run. And to help boost up the name recognition a wee bit they've also just released the first Us trailer for the picture.Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) tells an epic story of love and sacrifice in The Flowers Of War, starring Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni.  The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl's point of view, not as a »

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New International Trailer for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War

9 December 2011 11:37 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Got time? Check out the new trailer for Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s World War II drama “The Flowers of War”, starring Christian Bale and lots of Chinese women fighting against some meanie Japanese types. It’s similar to the first trailer for the movie that surfaced last month, though I think this one is geared more towards an English-speaking audience, with the focus squarely on Bale’s priest character and the women who shows up at his church for help. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) tells an epic story of love and sacrifice in The Flowers Of War, starring Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni. The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. »

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The Flowers Of War movie posters and trailer

6 December 2011 3:13 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

3 posters and the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale Helmed by Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers), The Flowers of War tells an epic story of love and sacrifice. Pic is is China's bid for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and is produced by Zhang Weiping via his New Pictures company, working together with Yimou for a tenth time. Liu Heng adapts the screenplay, based on the novel by Geling Yan. The Flowers of War is set during Japan’s 1937 invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a »

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The Flowers Of War movie posters and trailer

6 December 2011 3:13 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

3 posters and the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale Helmed by Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers), The Flowers of War tells an epic story of love and sacrifice. Pic is is China's bid for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and is produced by Zhang Weiping via his New Pictures company, working together with Yimou for a tenth time. Liu Heng adapts the screenplay, based on the novel by Geling Yan. The Flowers of War is set during Japan’s 1937 invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a »

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The Flowers Of War movie posters and trailer

6 December 2011 3:13 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

3 posters and the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale Helmed by Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers), The Flowers of War tells an epic story of love and sacrifice. Pic is is China's bid for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and is produced by Zhang Weiping via his New Pictures company, working together with Yimou for a tenth time. Liu Heng adapts the screenplay, based on the novel by Geling Yan. The Flowers of War is set during Japan’s 1937 invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a »

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Asia Pacific Screen Award to Chinese producer-director Zhang Yimou

8 November 2011 10:31 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Zhang Yimou

Chinese film producer and director Zhang Yimou will be the 2011 recipient of the Fiapf Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia-Pacific region. It was announced by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsa) and Fiapf-International Federation of Film Producers Associations announced on Tuesday.

The awards will be given at the fifth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast on November 24.

As the recipient of the Fiapf Award, Zhang Yimou will be inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, joining fellow Fifth Generation filmmakers Tian Zhuangzhuang and Chen Kaige.

Zhang Yimou began his filmmaking career with Red Sorghum, starring legendary Chinese actress Gong Li in her first leading role. It won a Golden Bear for Best Picture at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988.  In 1990, Zhang’s film Ju Dou became China’s first Academy Awards nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. »

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Oscar 2012: New Zealand/First Samoan Feature Among Best Foreign Language Film Contenders

13 October 2011 6:31 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tusi Tamasese's The Orator For the time being, 63 countries are in the running for nominations in 2012 Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. Notable among those is New Zealand, submitting its first entry ever, Tusi Tamasese's Samoan-language O Le Tulafale / The Orator. Of course, there's a good chance the final number of official contenders will go down as a consequence of disqualifications due to, say, deadlines or the amount of either foreignness or country-ness. The Orator, by the way, would not have been eligible a few years ago, as Samoan isn't one of New Zealand's official languages. In fact, this New Zealand entry was filmed in Samoa by a Samoan-born director using Samoan actors speaking Samoan. In fact, it's considered the very first Samoan movie ever. Now, before anyone sends The Orator back to the South Pacific, let me clarify that Tamasese is based in New Zealand, much »

- Andre Soares

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Race Begins For Best Foreign-Language Oscar

24 September 2011 8:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier in the month we celebrated with Happy Happy director Anne Sewitsky when her dulcet dogme dramedy was selected as Norway’s submission for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category. Since then a bevy of other countries have chosen their entries, many of which will be screened at part of the New York Film Festival in a few weeks including: Wim Wenders’s Pina, Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote, Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation and Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala. {Look for reviews in the coming weeks here.}

Among other notable entries is China’s submission The Flowers of War, a historical drama that reveals the invasion of the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 Nanking. The film’s director Zhang Yimou has twice earned Oscar nods in this category (for Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou) and notably directed »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Mighty Submissions? Mexico's Got "Miss Bala" and China's Got Christian Bale

23 September 2011 2:31 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In the most mainstream-ready news yet for this year's Best Foreign Language Film competition, China has submitted Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War. The movie has changed titles at least three times now (literally) but yes, that's the very expensive Christian Bale film based on Geling Yan's historical novel The 13 Flowers of Nanjing which is about the Nanjing massacre when Japanese soldiers slaughtered Chinese civilians in 1937. Bale will play a priest who is helping to save Chinese citizens. I believe previous titles included The 13 Women of Nanjing and Nanjing Heroes. After a very long production the movie will supposedly be opening this December.

Zhang Yimou and Christian Bale on the set

Christian Bale in a still from the film that just can't pick a title!

Zhang Yimou is a superstar as auteurs go, having previously directed international hits and awards magnets like Ju Dou (Oscar nominee Foreign Film ), Raise the Red Lantern »

- NATHANIEL R

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Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

9 September 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Imaginechina/Zuma Press Director Zhang Yimou.

Twenty minutes of footage from “Raise the Red Lantern” director Zhang Yimou’s latest film was screened for prominent U.S. film distributors and the media at the Toronto International Film Festival Friday morning.

“The Flowers of War,” a World War II drama whose working title was “Heroes of Nanking,” stars Christian Bale as an American caught in the former Chinese capital amidst the infamous “Rape of Nanking” by the Japanese Imperial Army, in »

- Michelle Kung

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Zhang Yimou's Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto

5 July 2011 6:44 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Zhang Yimou, the premiere director in China, commands top budgets; he produced the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and directed Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Now Zhang has erected a massive city and full-scale Cathedral in Beijing for his latest period epic, Heroes of Nanking, which recently wrapped principal photography after 164 days. The movie cost $100 million, more than John Woo's Red Cliff, Zhang's usual producer/financeer Zhang Weiping revealed in Cannes. Movies on the scale of Nanking, as Red Cliff proved, can make their budgets back in Asia alone. But China hopes to change that. The presence of last year's Oscar-winning Christian Bale (The Fighter) means that Beijing's New Pictures, Zhang, and exec producers David Linde, Deng Chaoying »

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[DVD Review] A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop

4 February 2011 1:00 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Say what you will about Zhang Yimou, the man can build a beautiful extreme long-shot. Otherwise not fit to make their trailers, Yimou’s vast landscapes are as moody as Antonioni’s or Andersen’s, his sprawling back streets as mazelike as Welles’ or Mellville’s, Hero’s grand palace as foreboding as Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel. In A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop, Yimou shoots mountainous desert ranges with an eloquence evoking equal parts Sergio Leone and Ansel Adams. It’s just too bad he can’t tell a story as well as he can shoot a panorama.

Based on the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple, A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop is a well needed step back from the bloated, increasingly nonsensical Kung-Fu epics Yimou produced last decade. It’s also good for him to be on such solid storytelling ground: even his best films (Red Sorghum, »

- Willie Osterweil

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