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‘Flowers of War’ International Trailer: Christian Bale Goes To War

21 October 2011 6:52 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Christian Bale is returning to Asia – and no, that’s not a spoiler for The Dark Knight Rises.

Bale headlines the upcoming flick The Flowers of War, an adaptation of Geling Yan’s inspired-by-real-events historical novel “13 Flowers of Nanjing”. It is said to be the most expensive cinematic project ever produced by China (costing some $100 million) and will be the country’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s Oscar competition.

Flowers of War was helmed by Zhang Yimou, a Chinese filmmaker well-renowned for his work on moving period dramas like Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern, and To Live. However, over the past decade, more moviegoers in the U.S. have become familiar with Yimou for his work on acclaimed hyper-realistic martial arts tales like Hero and House of Flying Daggers. That’s not to mention, he also ...

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Movies Edgar Wright has Never Seen - Help him decide what to watch on the big screen

18 October 2011 2:06 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Below you will find a list of movie that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright has never seen. Not long ago Wright went out and asked his friends and fans to recommend some movies they thought he may have missed over the last thirty years of his life. He got recommendations from Quentin TarantinoDaniel WatersBill HaderJohn Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Greg Mottola, Schwartzman, Doug Benson, Rian Johnson, Larry Karaszeski, Josh Olson, Harry Knowles and hundreds of fans on this blog.

From these recommendations, Wright created a master list of recommended films that were frequently mentioned. The director now wants the fans to choose which of the films on the list he should watch on the big screen.

Wright is holding a film event at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles called Films Edgar Has Never Seen. »

- Venkman

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Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles

18 October 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Edgar Wright's latest epic project [1] has him partnering with Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Greg Mottola, Harry Knowles, Rian Johnson and, probably, several of you. Like all of us, Wright has a bunch of classic and cult films he's never seen. Unlike all of us, he has the means to see them for the first time on the big screen and will do just that in December [2] at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during Films Edgar Has Never Seen. The director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World asked both his famous friends (some of which are listed above) and fans to send in their personal must see lists and, from those titles, Wright came up with one mega list from which he'll pick a few movies to watch December 9-16. After the jump check »

- Germain Lussier

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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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Poster for Yimou’s The Flowers Of War with Christian Bale

1 October 2011 2:28 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

One of the more anticipated movies due out later this year around these parts is director Zhang Yimou's new one, The Flowers Of War. On its own, Yimou's name is enough to draw attention with films like Hero, House Of Flying Daggers and Raise The Red Lantern under his belt, but when you add in a talent like Christian Bale as he has with this film, it's hard not to get real excited, real quickly. »

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Poster for Yimou’s The Flowers Of War with Christian Bale

1 October 2011 2:28 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

One of the more anticipated movies due out later this year around these parts is director Zhang Yimou's new one, The Flowers Of War. On its own, Yimou's name is enough to draw attention with films like Hero, House Of Flying Daggers and Raise The Red Lantern under his belt, but when you add in a talent like Christian Bale as he has with this film, it's hard not to get real excited, real quickly. »

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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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Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews, Features and Video

24 September 2011 5:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week on indieWIRE, Joseph Gordon-Levitt talked about his production company, a slew of Toronto films found distributors, Netflix made a big reveal and much more. News China Submits Zhang Yimou’s Christian Bale Flick for Oscar Consideration The new film from internationally renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“Raise the Red Lantern,” “Hero”) has been chosen as his country’s submission to the Oscar’s foreign language category. Music Box Films Snatches “The »

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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 »


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No surprise: China picks Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers of War' with Christian Bale for Oscar

23 September 2011 2:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Surprising few, the China Film Bureau announced that Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War" will represent China in this year's foreign language film Oscar race.  The picture is notable not just because it's from the director of "Hero" and "Raise the Red Lantern," but because it stars last year's best supporting actor winner, Christian Bale. The epic finds "The Fighter" and "Dark Knight" star playing an American missionary trapped in the middle of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in 1937.  He tries to weather the military action holed up in his church with a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans.  The picture »

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China Submits Zhang Yimou's Christian Bale Flick for Oscar Consideration

23 September 2011 1:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The new film from internationally renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou ("Raise the Red Lantern," "Hero") has been chosen as his country's submission to the Oscar's foreign language category. The film stars Oscar winner and current Batman actor Christian Bale ("The Fighter") as American John Haufman who is trapped in China during the war between China and Japan around the massacre of Nanking. Avoiding the conflict, Haufman is joined in shelter »

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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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Christian Bale Rocks a Frock in '13 Women of Nanjing'

5 July 2011 11:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Christian Bale made one of the most kick-ass clerics we've ever seen in 'Equilibrium,' but he's playing a different brand of heroic priest in the upcoming 'The 13 Women of Nanjing.'

A new image of Bale on the set with Chinese director Zhang Yimou ('Hero,' 'Raise the Red Lantern') has just been released (see it and other images after the jump).

The recently wrapped film tells the tale of an American priest who takes refuge in a church with 13 prostitutes and a group of schoolgirls as the Japanese invade in 1937. Various heroics, we imagine, ensue.

It's familiar territory for Bale, who played a British lad trying to survive in Japanese-occupied China in 1941 in Steven Spielberg's 'Empire of the Sun.' And, as a pre-cowl Bruce Wayne, Bale was in China mastering the martial arts in 'Batman Begins, »

- Sharon Knolle

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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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Christian Bale In Chinese Sex Worker Film

23 June 2011 7:10 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Hong Kong — He's tackled rural drama, kung fu choreography and period epic over a 23-year career that has made him Chinese cinema's top names. But Zhang Yimou says his recent production starring Christian Bale has been one of his toughest.

Zhang finished shooting his adaptation of the Yan Geling novel "The 13 Women of Nanjing" at a studio near the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing on Wednesday. He said in a statement issued by his production company that it was one of his most grueling shoots ever.

While the shoot for his 2002 kung fu picture "Hero" also lasted 5 1/2 months, that production allowed him to crisscross the country for different locations.

"This movie was based in (the Nanjing county) Lishui. It's been a great imposition on everyone to slave away for 5 1/2 months in confined surroundings. I thank everyone," Zhang was quoted as saying in the statement.

"13 Women" is about 13 sex workers in »

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First Look At Christian Bale In 'Nanjing Heroes'; New Look At Mystique In 'X-Men: First Class'

19 April 2011 7:08 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before he suits up for his third and last time as Batman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," Christian Bale headed halfway around the world to do something quite different, starring in Zhang Yimou's (”Hero,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) mega-budgeted historical epic "Nanjing Heroes." With a budget of about $90 million, the film is one of the most expensive Chinese productions ever, entirely financed within the country, and shot 40% in English, and 60% in Mandarin Chinese. The film focuses on the Nanjing Massacre in 1937, when thousands of inhabitants of the then-capital Nanjing were murdered by invading Japanese… »

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Zhang Yimou's adaptation not so Blood Simple after all

3 March 2011 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Zhang Yimou is China's greatest living director. Blood Simple was the Coen brothers' first gem. So why has Zhang's high-profile adaptation gone straight to DVD?

Combining the edginess of American indie cinema with the exoticism of its Chinese counterpart is the arthouse equivalent of cold fusion. Few believe the twain can ever meet, so great is the divide between their cultural values and aesthetic traditions – not to mention China's protectionist film policy (only about 20 foreign films can be released there each year). But with the billions of people and disposable dollars in play, discovering the east-west formula could lead to untold rewards, as last year's remake of The Karate Kid signalled.

If any movie looked likely to unite the two worlds, it would have to be Zhang Yimou's remake of Blood Simple. Zhang is easily China's greatest living director, veteran of box-office hits such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers »

- Steve Rose

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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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