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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  »

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Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$9,213 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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Extremely Affecting !
31 December 2011 | by (Singapore : Singapore : Singapore) – See all my reviews

This is like the Asian Holocaust under the evils of the Japanese during the Sino-Jap war. It will grip your heart, makes it ache and will show you why monstrosity knows no limits when certain elitist races or people (hello Hitler Germany) think they are above mankind. The more shocking and repulsive aspect is, till today, the Jap government has denied the atrocities committed in Nanking and attempted several times to rewrite their school history text books; failing only due to the constant protest of the Chinese government and the integrity of its own purist historians.

An amazing movie with a brilliant Chinese cast, under the usual exceptional insightful direction of Zhang Yimou. The acting is so genuine that it's not possible not to be greatly affected by his powerful epic, unless you're a zombie. Then consider that it will be haunting too. Be warned!


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