The Flowers of War Trailer with English Subtitles

Zhang Yimou’s latest, The Flowers of War (金陵十三钗) — previously known as 13 Flowers of Nanjing — follows John Magee, portrayed by Christian Bale, an American priest who helps a number of Chinese escape certain death during the Nanjing Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

This is the second big project in the last couple of years retelling the events of the Nanjing Massacre, in which massive numbers of Chinese prisoners of war and civilians were killed. The previous big production was City of Life and Death, which cost $12M USD to make.

Zhang Yimou’s big production is budgeted at $90M USD. It is set to open on December 16th in China in time for its candidacy for the upcoming edition of the Academy Awards, where it will be representing China.

4 Responses

  1. ghost says:

    Apparently Zhang Yimou is fucking up with the story on this one, making Bale a mortician instead of a priest so he can get some in the movie.

    Why are you selling out Hollywood trite, Zhang? Christian Bale shouldn’t even be a main character in this story, but I guess without it, the Nanjing story would be buried deep down.

    • amy says:

      @ghost, I’m more interested in what’s Asturo Watabe doing in the film with such a touchy subject for Japanese politics. Hope he doesn’t get some flack from Japanese nationalists who have been on a boycott spree lately.

  2. Mirella says:

    Well since I cannot think on the top of my mind of any movie that is totally historically accurate, and this has war, slow mo, epic music and beautiful cinematography… I’m sold.