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Jin ling shi san chai (2011)

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An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Xinyi Zhang ...
Shu (as Zhang Xinyi)
Tianyuan Huang ...
George Chen (as Huang Tianyuan)
Xiting Han ...
Yi (as Han Xiting)
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Ling (as Zhang Doudou)
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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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Storyline

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 | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 December 2011 (China)  »

Also Known As:

13 Flowers of Nanjing  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,558, 20 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,213, 19 May 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,000,000, 28 July 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second fully Chinese-funded film to have a Hollywood star in the lead. The first one was Inseparable (2011) starring Kevin Spacey. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes
(Traditional French Carol)
Arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes
Performed by 'No. 171 Middle School Jinfan Choir'; Conducted by Xu Dechang, Chen Xihui
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A glimpse of WWII in China through one fallen city, Nanking
17 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Please watch this movie to get a glimpse of what it was like during World War II in China. My grandparents were in a different part of China that also got occupied where similar tragedies occurred. Though much much worse. Babies would be thrown in the air and caught on the bayonets as a game. There were killing games. My grandma can never tell her story without crying. The Japanese government deny this ever happened, they never apologized, and payed for their war crimes. They do not even have it written in their history books. All my grandparents want is for their story to be recognized as well as a formal apology. Thanks for reading.


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