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

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The Flowers of War -- From internationally celebrated director Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House Of Flying Daggers) comes a story of love and war.
The Flowers of War -- A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's raid of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
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16 December 2011 (China) See more »
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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  (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
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

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
Bo Zhang .... concept artist
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
Wei He .... supervising sound editor
Zheng 'Joe' Huang .... foley editor
Zheng 'Joe' Huang .... sound effects editor
Hongrui Ji .... sound effects editor
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
Danial Shimiaei .... Feature Trailer Sound Re-Recording Engineer
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
Peter Climpson .... sound attachment (uncredited)
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
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
Pinghu Gu .... visual effects producer
Bashir Hamid .... compositor
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
Mihai Pocorschi .... digital compositor
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
Bruce Law .... action director
Fatih Ugurlu .... stunt double: Christian Bale
Camera and Electrical Department
Xing Chen .... video supervisor
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
Zhiyi Wang .... orchestrator
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
Sophia Wang .... script supervisor
Andre Coutu .... coordinator of global post production (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Jin ling shi san chai" - China (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language
146 min
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The second fully Chinese-funded film to have a Hollywood star in the lead. The first one being Inseparable (2011) starring Kevin Spacey.See more »
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134 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
Where does the comedy stop and the drama begin?, 16 December 2011
Author: tom-240-475761 from Beijing, China

Watched this movie last night in a packed Beijing cinema on its opening night. First off, I would like to say that Christian Bale traces perfectly the path of enlightenment that follows Wild-West style bandit obsessed with money becoming priest and father-figure in all but religious training. The film is in roughly 50% English, 35% Chinese and 15% Japanese, so there is a real assimilation of different languages and cultures coming together. However, this unfortunately leads to some moments which seem disconcertingly humorous. For example, there is one point where a Japanese general confesses to priest-figure Bale that he likes music; the triviality of such statement in the midst of mass-murder seems absurd enough, but it is also delivered in a dead-pan way with broken English. I could not help but burst out laughing, even though none of the Chinese in the cinema saw any form of humour in it. Indeed, I think that as a Westerner watching this film, my emotional response is not as visceral as it would be to a Chinese person. That is only natural, but it leads to a completely different interpretation of the movie. Some of the murder scenes are brutally horrific to a Chinese person, so much so that the wonderful filmography which permeates throughout the movie may not be fully appreciated. The hues are brown and green, earthy, rugged and militaristic for the most part. Yet there are occasionally beautiful trims of colour, the church's stained-glass window, the clothes on the washing line left out to dry. A sign, no doubt, of the beauty of humanity in the midst of dreadful war. It has been suggested this movie is propaganda. I don't know if I entirely agree with that. There is no positive way to spin what was a shameful event in Japan's history, and for what it's worth I think that Zhang Yimou delineates well the soldiers occasional insecurity, homesickness, and humanisation brought on by paranoia and pressure from above. A movie well-worth watching, and which I would like to watch for a second time to re- establish which moment are intentionally humorous, which moments are unintentionally humorous, and which moments are tragic. Kudos for Zhang Yimou for tackling such a visited topic (That of the Nanjing massacre) which a freshness, and even more kudos to Christian Bale for stepping up to the plate and giving in a great performance.

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