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

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  16 December 2011 (China)
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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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Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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13 Flowers of Nanjing  »

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$94,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$9,213 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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The Best Film of of 2011
19 December 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

No doubt, The Flowers Of War is the best film of 2011 and one of the best films of Yimou Zhang like Huozhe(To Live) and Hong Gao Liang(Red Sorghum).

The history is true, this story is also true. The movie and novel are adapted from the Diary of Minnie Vantrin(from the files of Nanjing Massacre), Minnie is a churchwoman of USA died in 1941.

The movie is really tragic but beautiful, various goodness and evil of human nature were embodied fully and clearly and exquisitely under the beast of war............I just feel deeply sad and touching.

Postscript: the performance of Christian Bale is really wonderful. Bale will win his another Oscar by this film.


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