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The Flowers of War (2011)
"Jin líng shí san chai" (original title)

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A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

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Xinyi Zhang ...
Shu (as Zhang Xinyi)
Tianyuan Huang ...
George Chen (as Huang Tianyuan)
Xiting Han ...
Yi (as Han Xiting)
Doudou Zhang ...
Ling (as Zhang Doudou)
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Major Li
Atsurô Watabe ...
Colonel Hasegawa (as Atsuro Watabe)
Kefan Cao ...
Mr. Meng (as Cao Kefan)
Yangchunzi Yuan ...
Mosquito (as Yuan Yangchunzi)
Jia Sun ...
Hua (as Sun Jia)
Yuemin Li ...
Dou (as Li Yuemin)
Bai Xue ...
Lan
Takashi Yamanaka ...
Lieutenant Asakura
Shigeo Kobayashi ...
Lieutenant Kato
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In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John (Christian Bale) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. Written by msmith5484

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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16 December 2011 (China)  »

Also Known As:

13 Flowers of Nanjing  »

Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,558 (USA) (20 January 2012)

Gross:

$9,213 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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a movie definitely worth seeing
19 December 2011 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Honestly,I am not the kind of people easily being touched so deeply as to cry, and I didn't cry much during the movie indeed. I just walked out the movie theater,took a bus,got off the bus,bought a piece of bread, walked home while eating the bread,then all of sudden burst into tears.

Till now I still haven't walked out of it. There is so much to say, yet you don't know what to say nor how to say it. My only advice: you walk into the movie theater, forget whatever people said on the Internet, and just watch it with your own heart.

It is a great movie.


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