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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 overview, first billed only:
... John Miller
... Yu Mo
Xinyi Zhang ... Shu (as Zhang Xinyi)
Tianyuan Huang ... George Chen (as Huang Tianyuan)
Xiting Han ... Yi (as Han Xiting)
... Ling (as Zhang Doudou)
... 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


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  »


Box Office


$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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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was China's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »


Featured in The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2012) See more »


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Performed by Allmänna Sången, Choir Conducted by Maria Goundorina
Composed by Qi Gang Chen
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The Best of 2011
16 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

I thought The Flowers of War was one of the best foreign films I have ever seen. Ignore all bad reviews, movies are not suppose to be perfect, there was a point of view, a story and a plot that were all displayed understandably. I have read a few reviews on this film and I have noticed most people saying ''Its too graphic'', it is a war film and the graphic effect was a great way of showing the audience the true form of war and the violence the soldiers/people experienced.

The cast was wonderful, I was amazed by the outstanding performance of the young Chinese actresses, I had goosebumps when they started crying or displaying any form of drama. Christian Bale was wonderful, I have always loved his acting and I still do, he portrayed John Miller's character the way I imagined it. He was capable of making me believe that he was an American without any doubt. Ni Ni (Yu Mo) was an amazing character and actress, I have knowledge that it is her first picture and she had shown amazing talent along with all the other Chinese actresses.

Over all I suggest you should watch the film, it is great and inspirational and extremely entertaining to watch.

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