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The Flowers of War (2011)

Jin ling shi 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)
Dawei Tong ...
Major Li
Atsuro Watabe ...
Colonel Hasegawa
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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The film was shot in 164 days on an 18 hour daily schedule. See more »

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Spin-off Si Shi Jiu Ri Ji (2014) See more »

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Angels We Have Heard On High
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Performed by No. 171 Middle School Jinfan Choir
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A Great Movie
5 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a tearful experience. So 1937 was such a terror in that Eastern city, the capital of the Asian country. Lives were being destroyed and bodies piled high everywhere. People were in hiding from the Japanese soldiers and here were two groups of people, a group of school girls and a group of prostitutes, vying for a safe hiding place, when they were found by the Japanese invaders, it's death that awaits them...

One wonders why they had to do this? Why? --because there was a war! Then why did Japan start the war? For what? This film made me think. It's obvious starting war is a shortcut to the destruction of humanity. The Japanese government has been denying there were 300,000 people killed during the Nanking massacre (well , they are not alone, similarly there are also those of holocaust denial). With that as a contemporary reality, it is a right thing to do to be reminded of this event with movies like this one, the Flowers of War, so that we could do all we can to prevent another war from coming.


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