During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
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
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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