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The Flowers of War (2011) More at IMDbPro »Jin líng shí san chai (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Heng Liu (screenplay)
Geling Yan (novel)
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Release Date:
16 December 2011 (China) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Good Movie is Like a Mirror See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Christian Bale ... John Miller

Ni Ni ... Yu Mo
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
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

Paul Schneider ... Terry
Chun Li ... Woman of the Qin Huai River (as Li Chun)
Mengqiao Zhou ... Woman of the Qin Huai River (as Zhou Mengqiao)
Liuyin Qian ... Woman of the Qin Huai River (as Qian Liuyin)
Li Deng ... Woman of the Qin Huai River (as Deng Li)
Yu Zhou ... Woman of the Qin Huai River (as Zhou Yu)
Xiaomei Su ... Woman of the Qin Huai River (as Su Xiaomei)
Qingyuan Ye ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Ye Qingyuan)
Yaojun Dai ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Dai Yaojun)
Junran Shen ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Shen Junran)
Chuchu Li ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Li Chuchu)
Jingwen Wang ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Wang Jingwen)
Ruiqi Li ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Li Ruiqi)
Zixin Jin ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Jin Zixin)
Yixuan Gu ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Gu Yixuan)
Jiali Xu ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Xu Jiali)
Zhaoyi Zhang ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Zhang Zhaoyi)
Yimin Tan ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Tan Yimin)
Yicong Zhao ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Zhao Yicong)
Liwen Que ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Que Liwen)
Yuhan Wu ... Winchester Cathedral Student (as Wu Yuhan)
Hai-Bo Huang ... Peng (as Huang Haibo)
Liangqi Zhu ... Pu Sheng (as Zhu Liangqi)
Shawn Dou ... Chinese Soldier
Yuan Nie ... Chinese Soldier (as Nie Yuan)
Jingchun Wang ... Chinese Soldier (as Wang Jingchun)
Xi Lai ... Chinese Soldier (as Lai Xi)
Xiaoming Guo ... Chinese Soldier (as Guo Xiaoming)
Yuzheng Wang ... Chinese Soldier (as Wang Yuzheng)
Cong Wang ... Chinese Soldier (as Wang Cong)
Li Fei ... Chinese Soldier
Chaobei Wang ... Chinese Soldier (as Wang Chaobei)
Yohei Matsukado ... Japanese Military Outside Affairs Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinichi Takashima ... Japanese Military Officers
Shibuya Tenma ... Japanese Military Officers

Junichi Kajioka ... Japanese Machinegun Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Heng Liu  screenplay
Geling Yan  novel

Produced by
Chaoying Deng .... executive producer
William Kong .... executive producer
David Linde .... executive producer
Leo Shi Young .... executive producer
Weiping Zhang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Qigang Chen 
 
Cinematography by
Xiaoding Zhao (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peicong Meng 
 
Production Design by
Yohei Taneda 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
Graciela Mazón 
 
Makeup Department
Xiaohai Yang .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Zhu Mao .... production manager
 
Art Department
Yingzhang Fu .... set designer
Shinsuke Kojima .... conceptual designer
Cosmin Sarbulescu .... digital matte painter
Briseide Siciliano .... set designer
 
Sound Department
James Ashton .... dialogue editor
James Ashton .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Burgess .... supervising sound editor
Huijun Cao .... boom operator
Adam Connelly .... foley recordist
Hao Gang .... sound recordist
Chris Goodes .... sound effects editor
Wei He .... sound re-recording mixer
Zheng 'Joe' Huang .... foley editor
Zheng 'Joe' Huang .... sound effects editor
Hongrui Ji .... sound effects editor
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer
Lian Luan .... sound recordist
Robert Mackenzie .... sound effects editor
Bingyang Mao .... boom operator
Xu Miao .... foley artist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Jing Tao .... sound mixer
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor
Yinan Tu .... sound effects editor
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Baiyang Wang .... dialogue editor
Lizhong Wang .... boom operator
Wei Wang .... foley editor
Andy Wright .... foley recordist
Jing Xiao .... sound mixer
Yanchao Yang .... foley editor
Tian Yong .... sound effects editor
Vincent Zhai .... sound effects editor (as Vincent Bin)
Yijing Zhang .... dialogue editor
Zhigang Zhang .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Wesley Barnard .... special effects
Genevieve Bevan-John .... special effects technician
Bruce Bright .... senior special effects technician
Jabin Dickins .... senior special effects technician
Rob Heggie .... on-set supervisor
Jim Leng .... senior special effects technician
Simon Quinn .... senior technician
Andy Williams .... special effects supervisor: Darkside Effects
 
Visual Effects by
Di Cai .... compositor
Sarah Chang .... compositor: Base FX
Nicolas Chavigny .... matte painter
Ahdee Chiu .... lead compositor: Base FX
Aurelian Cojocaru .... digital compositor
Nicolae-Gheorghe Cojocaru .... visual effects artist
Adrian Costea .... lead matchmove
Bill George .... consulting visual effects supervisor
Nick Hsieh .... compositing supervisor: Base FX
Yanming Jiang .... visual effects producer
Peng Ke .... visual effects supervisor
Felix Lepadatu .... visual effects supervisor
Yulong Liu .... compositor
Razvan Margineanu .... digital compositor
Giuseppe Motta .... cg supervisor
Michael Nikitin .... compositor
Chuang Niu .... visual effects artist
Claudiu Olaru .... matchmover
George Palcut .... digital compositor
Gu Pinghu .... visual effects producer
Yu Qian .... layout & matchmove lead
Alexandru Ion Radu .... digital compositor
Alexandru Ion Radu .... visual effects production manager
Julien Record .... digital compositor
Gareth Repton .... visual effects artist
Paulina Rodriguez Lemus .... digital artist
Aurelian Vulpasu .... visual effects producer
Aurelian Vulpasu .... visual effects production manager
Mike Wallner .... fx artist
Joss Williams .... visual effects supervisor
Fu Xiao .... digital compositor
Fan Zhang .... compositor
Chen Zonglei .... digital matte painter
 
Stunts
Bruce Law .... action director
Fatih Ugurlu .... stunt double: Christian Bale
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Lam .... camera operator
Raymond Lam .... steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Eriko Miyagawa .... casting
 
Editorial Department
Andre Coutu .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Downer .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Gareth Molan .... trailer editor
 
Music Department
Chen Yu Li .... score mixer
Allmänna Sången .... musician
Michael Seifert .... assistant music mixer (uncredited)
Michael Seifert .... assistant score recordist (uncredited)
Michael Seifert .... pro tools operator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dana Archer .... public relations
Annemarie Jacir .... mentoree
Jennifer Semler .... production executive
Andre Coutu .... coordinator of global post production (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jin líng shí san chai" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language
Runtime:
146 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was shot in 164 days on an 18 hour daily schedule.See more »
Soundtrack:
Requiem And Redemption (Commander Li And The Children)See more »

FAQ

What other movies are there regarding the Second Sino-Japanese War?
What are the differences between the censored European Version and the Original Version?
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252 out of 280 people found the following review useful.
Good Movie is Like a Mirror, 20 December 2011
Author: sonia-0111 from Australia

I watched the movie in Beijing, twice. The second time I liked it more. This has to be one of the best Chinese films yet, if not the best. Some scenes are pretty brutal, but really worth watching, to say the least.

The director Zhang YiMou told a powerful, touching and beautiful story, while delivering stunning visual effects as always. All actors from different countries did an amazing job in making so many strong characters in 3 languages, not just the American 'priest', but also those prostitutes, the boy George, all the children, Japanese officers, and the Chinese 'traitor'.

Good movie is like a mirror, some people might get upset watching it, while others see love for others, respect for life, and the human spirit of fighting for peace out of tragedy. Each audience's reaction more or less reflects his/her personal value. The storytelling is objective so you can judge for yourself. In front of a masterpiece like this, people who ranked it very low deliberately because of stereotypes against China or whatever twisted reason (I KNOW YOU EXSIT ON THIS SITE), you need to sit down and think what's wrong with yourself, no matter how open-minded you claim you are.

Some say it is a propaganda production. I have to disagree here. Almost everything in this movie is based on real history, including how Japanese tortured Chinese war victims, how prostitutes stood up to protect other women during the Rape of NanJing, as well as how some westerners resided in China at the time helped local Chinese. Anyone who can pick up a few books or do a bit of research on internet knows it.

English is not my mother language so I can't write an review with big words like those professional critics do. However, this is the first time I feel so moved by a movie that I'd write an English review online to recommend it to viewers outside of China. Simply too good to miss.

If any Chinese simply walked out of the cinema cursing Japanese, I'd say the movie failed big time. However, both times I saw people left quietly, some still sobbing, and heard them saying how lucky they are to be born in this era and how precious peace is. For that reason, I applaud this film.

It is what it is. Horrible things happened in history. Hate and anger won't do any good today. Make peace with yourself and move on. Just like what George said in the movie, life is precious, it is not ours to throw away.

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