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Christian Bale will star in a movie Nanjing Heroes, an upcoming project that comes from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou.
We’re little surprised as well, but we have nothing against this news.
As the matter of fact, it will be quite interesting seeing actor, (who’s currently co-starring in the boxing drama The Fighter) jump into the priest suit.
Yes, you read it correctly, because Bale is set to play an American priest who shelters a group of prostitutes and some young female students in the Chinese city in 1937. Why Bale?
“I gave him the names of some books that he should read about the Nanjing massacre.” the director said.
“When I went to see him, I saw those books were lying open on his table, and I was very touched.”
The film will be the latest Chinese film version of the infamous 1937 incident called the Nanjing Massacre or the Rape of Nanking, »
Hollywood heavyweight Christian Bale is set to star in Zhang Yimou’s upcoming film, “Nanjing Heroes,” which deals with the Nanjing Massacre that occurred in 1937 when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation’s capital.
Bale will play an American priest named John who helps a number of Chinese citizens escape what looks to be certain death, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Yimou is considered one of China’s most famous directors (his credits happen to include the mind-blowing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) and he has already been nominated for an Academy Award, not once, but twice.
His 2002 film “Hero” earned a “Best Foreign Language” film nomination, and his 2004 “House of Flying Daggers” nabbed a “Best Achievement in Cinematography nod.
But an Oscar-nominated director and a fan-favorite actor aren’t the only forces behind this new film. Throw in Dark Side FX—the special effects »
- Elizabeth Durand
Before Christian Bale puts on his cape for The Dark Knight Rises, he'll team up with director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) for Nanjing Heroes, based on the infamous Nanjing Massacre from 1937. For those unfamiliar with the event, it occurred when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation's capital. Bale will play an American priest who assists many Chinese to escape certain death. In addition to Bale's presence being added to the project, the film has also become noted for its budget which is approximately $90 million. As one of China's most expensive films, there's a lot riding on Najing Heroes to perform well and Bale could bring some much needed notoriety. On the decision for Bale's casting, Zhang said, "It's the overall strategy for Chinese cinema to approach the world and broaden its influence but casting Bale was a coincidence because the »
Christian Bale has signed on to star in director Zhang Yimou's upcoming $90 million "Nanjing Heroes" film, which will be shot 40% in English and the rest in Mandarin Chinese. The story will be about the Nanjing Massacre, which resulted in the death of thousands of Chinese citizens at the hands of Japanese troops. Bale will play an American priest, named John, who helps a great number of Chinese escape certain death. "I met Christian in America and was impressed with his serious book research for the role," said Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Hero), who added that the film will be funded fully by Chinese investors and will begin shooting on January 10th. »
Christian Bale is set to star in an upcoming Zhang Yimou film, currently entitled Nanjing Heroes. Yimou, who is thought to be one of China's most famous directors (he directed the nation's 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony), is probably best known stateside for directing 2002's Hero and 2004's House of Flying Daggers, each of which garnered an Oscar nomination (in the "Best Foreign Language Film" and "Best Achievement in Cinematography" categories respectively). Nanjing Heroes will take place during the Nanjing Massacre which occurred in 1937 as part of the Second Sino-Japanese War. As for Bale, the thespian will play an American priest named John who helps a number of Chinese citizens escape what looks to be certain death. Bale's presence won't be the only Hollywood influence on the film, as THR notes, that the special effects team behind Saving Private Ryan and The Dark Knight (Dark Side FX) has also been tapped to work on the project. »
- Jason Barr
As China’s filmmaking profile rises, so does director Zhang Yimou’s. The veteran of over two decades has a considerable number of solid films under his belt, including the action flicks Hero and House of Flying Daggers. His base, however, is in drama, and with movies like Raise the Red Lantern, it’s clear that he’s got a formidable skill. That skill will meet halfway around the world with Christian Bale now that Bale has signed on for Zhang’s next project – Nanjing Heroes. The film focuses on the massacre of 1937 where Japanese military killed thousands of Chinese citizens, and Bale is set to play an American man of the cloth who helps save a considerable amount of lives. With the film split between English and Mandarin, it’s unclear where the bulk of the story will be told, but it also signifies the slow growth of China’s presence as a filmmaker for the »
- Cole Abaius
When he isn’t prepping the batsuit for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises or getting frighteningly skinny for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter, Christian Bale stars in Chinese epics. THR is reporting the English star will play an American priest in Zhang Yimou‘s $90.2 million film about the Nanjing Massacre.
Titled Nanjing Heroes, the film will recreate the events in which “Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation’s capital in 1937.” Bale will be in somewhat familiar territory, as he is joined by his Hollywood special effects team that worked on The Dark Knight, as well as Saving Private Ryan.
There is also another main character needing to be cast, John Rabe, “a German businessman who helped save hundreds of Chinese refugees.” Bale’s priest character is also named John and he “helps a great number of Chinese escape certain death. »
- Jordan Raup
Dark Knight star Christian Bale is to headline a new Chinese film about that country's 1937 Nanjing Massacre. Hr report that the film, which is entirely funded by China's own film industry, will utilise the VFX teams behind Saving Private Ryan and The Dark Knight. The news about Bale and the hiring of Joss Williams and Martin Asbury's Dark Side FX was revealed yesterday in a press conference to Chinese reporters.
Nanjing Heroes, directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), will be a mixed-language production (40/50% Engish-Mandarin), and will feature Bale in the role of an American priest who helps various victims of the massacre to safety. Other recent Chinese-produced films about the massacre have featured German businessman John Rabe as the 'Western hook', and it has not been made clear if Bale's character is a semi-fictionalised construct or a direct biographical portrayal.
The Nanjing Massacre occurred when Japanese »
Christian Bale will lead the cast of Chinese director Zhang Yimou's latest film Nanjing Heroes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Zhang - who helmed the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics and made Hero and House Of Flying Daggers - will next turn his attention to a film about the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, in which Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in the nation's capital. Bale will play an American priest named John who helped many (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Though The Dark Knight Rises looms large on the horizon, Christian Bale has signed on to another big-budget epic set to begin filming next year. Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House Of Flying Daggers) announced yesterday that Bale has signed on to star in Nanjing Heroes, a $90 million production set to begin filming next month in Nanjing. The film will follow the Nanjing (or Nanking) Massacre that took place in the 1930s during the Sino-Japanese War. Japanese soldiers took Nanjing »
- Mike Sampson
Lithe dancers who flit their arms and pirouette with such dreamy grace promptly go backstage, peel off their toenails and snap their tendons back into place. Such effortless beauty comes with a lot of pain and blood… and maybe a little something else in “Black Swan.”
Portman and Kunis did an intense amount of training for the film – and it probably won’t surprise you that both had ballet experience. They’re so delicate that they seem born to wear tutus and slippers.
But you might be surprised at who else in Hollywood started their dramatic careers in ballet. We’ve compiled a list of those actors and actresses who have been en pointe, abandoned the barre for time travel, machine guns, martial arts, and Johnny Depp. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Foreign Objects travels the world of international cinema each week looking for films worth visiting. So renew your passport, get your shots, and brush up on the local age of legal consent… this week we’ve got a dinner date with Shakespeare. By way of China. Ang Lee’s phenomenal Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon kicked off a decade of similarly beautiful wuxia epics with films like House Of Flying Daggers, Hero, The Promise, and Curse Of the Golden Flower. Lee’s film remains the best of the bunch by far, but one that comes close to equaling it in visual and aural beauty is The Banquet. It lacks the overwhelming emotion and heartbreaking romance of Lee’s Academy Award winning film, but it does have glorious imagery and cinematography, the always exquisite Zhang Ziyi, and a fine literary pedigree in a story based loosely on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Oh, it »
- Rob Hunter
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- Jeff Bayer
[Our thanks to Padrhig Harney for the following review.]
Zhang Yimou succeeded many ways with his new film Under The Hawthorn Tree. This 'small' film as he calls it was able to hit more than a few people with a wave of emotion. This was not the first time he has succeeded at capturing people hearts and we can hope that it is not the last. Zhang Yimou is famous all over the world for his gigantic martial arts extravaganzas, like "Hero", and "House of Flying Daggers". Others are drawn to Zhang's more simple films like "The Road Home", and "Not One Less". His latest work is most definately part of the later.
With the historical backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution to play with Zhang takes us back to a more pure view of the world. Our lens into this world is focused on a young girl (Jing Qiu) who is sent for re-education into the county side played by newcomer Zhou Dongyu. »
House of Flying Daggers is one of the most amazing, most romantic, most exciting movies I’ve seen... and not just because it was when I fell in love with Takeshi Kaneshiro. So pretty... So very pretty: And funny, too: I’m posting pictures like these every weekday, of a man who is attractive and desirable, because I like to look, dammit -- and because the female gaze doesn’t have to be such serious business. (If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to email me with a name or a link to a particular photo.) »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Zhang Yimou, the Chinese director acclaimed for his arthouse martial arts epics (Hero, House Of Flying Daggers) has followed up directing the Olympic opening ceremonies with a broad period farce in his newest, A Woman, A Gun, And A Noodle Shop, a mostly faithful remake of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Blood Simple (1984). The Coen’s debut thriller evidently impressed Zhang, who’s turned that story into a film that’s highly stylized but pointless. There’s been many American remakes of Asian movies but a Chinese redo of a Hollywood movie doesn’t come around often and I wish A Woman, A Gun, And A Noodle Shop had been a better one.
Wang (Ni Dahong) is the proprietor of a noodle shop in a Chinese desert sometime around the 15th century. He’s abusive to his wife Li and when he discovers that she’s having an affair with a not-too-bright employee, »
- Tom Stockman
Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern, 2008 Beijing Olympics’ Opening Ceremony) has created a very odd (borderline crazy) “remake” of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1984 iconic cinematic debut, Blood Simple. Taking the basic botched-murder plot of Blood Simple (missing gun, ransacked safe and undead corpse) along with its basic slapstick elements, Zhang transplanted his film into a strange (if not surreal) cinematic world -- the highly stylized 19th-century universe of China featuring elaborately colored costumes, an unreal setting and classic characters (the wicked older husband, the scheming younger wife, the fumbling coward and the funny-looking buffoon). »
- Don Simpson
Robert here, with another entry in my series about great contemporary directors.
Maestro: Zhang Yimou
Known For: films about the lives of women in China and more recently wuxia epics.
Influences: American Noir, Chinese fantasy and mythology
Masterpieces: Raise the Red Lantern
Better than you remember: If you're among those who think his recent films aren't as good as his older ones, you might be right, but if you think they're bad, then I'd say they fall into this category.
Box Office: 53 mil for Hero
Favorite Actor: the beautiful, ravishing, talented Gong Li
It's entirely possible that Zhang Yimou's greatest achievement of the past ten years had nothing to do with film. He garnered his largest audience and highest place on the world stage for directing the Opening Ceremonies to the Olympic Games. Those who saw the spectacle were blown away by the beauty and artistry. Those who »
You've heard this story before: a powerful young woman, perhaps a warrior or an athlete or some other competitive figure, bucks stereotype and forces her way into a male-driven world where her skills can be put to proper use. Joan of Arc is the example most people think of. This one comes from another part of the world.
"Mulan" was a fairly awesome 1998 animated flick from Disney, adapted from the classic Chinese tale. Hua Mulan is a female warrior who joins an all-male army by posing as a man. Now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that "Speed" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" director Jan De Bont is going to be shooting a live action telling of the story this fall. Zhang Ziyi will take the starring role, a perfect bit of casting; this is the same actor who kicked ass as a powerful female character in "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers »
- Adam Rosenberg
Zhang Ziyi shot to fame a few years back with the wushu triple-whammy of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers. She followed up those martial arts epics with solid work in Memoirs of a Geisha, since when we have seen very little of her.
Likewise, after bursting onto the scene with the taut action-thriller “Speed”, director Jan De Bont made increasingly inferior and disappointing films (Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Haunting, Tomb Raider 2) before disappearing completely in 2003.
Now we hear from First Showing that Zhang Ziyi and De Bont are joining up on a new live-action version of Mulan, the story (best known to us perhaps from the Disney version from the late 90′s) of a young female warrior who joins an all-male army. The story dates back to the 6th century, although it has been set in a variety of different time periods, so it »
- Dave Roper
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