The Flowers of War


In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China’s capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Miller (CHRISTIAN BALE), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls. Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone. Through treacherous surroundings and facing unimaginable evil, THE FLOWERS OF WAR, inspired by true life events, manages to tell a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together.

Adapted from Geling Yan’s historical novel 13 Flowers of Nanjing (Harvill Secker / Random House; 2012), THE FLOWERS OF WAR stars Academy Award® winning actor Christian Bale (The Fighter; The Dark Knight) as John Miller, an American trapped within the besieged city of Nanking when it is invaded by the Japanese Army. The ensemble includes 13-year-old Zhang Xinyi, here in her first film role as Shu, an innocent school girl who along with her fellow classmates is taken under Miller’s protective wing.

‘The Flowers of War’ Acquired by Wrekin Hill Entertainment

Christopher Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, announced today that his company, in association with Row 1 Productions, have acquired the North American distribution rights to award-winning Chinese director Yimou Zhang's (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero) and producer Weiping Zhang's The Flowers of War starring Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight). The film has been selected as this year's official foreign language entry for China at the Academy Awards. Wrekin Hill, in association with Row 1, will open the film in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in late December 2011 and the film will then expand through early 2012.

The Flowers of War will have a wide release in China on December 16th following three premiere events in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Based on a screenplay by Heng Liu (The Story of Qiu Ju), The Flowers of War is adapted from Geling Yan's historical novel 13 Flowers of Nanjing. The film is a work of historical fiction set against the backdrop of the Rape of Nanking, a brutal chapter in the Sino-Japanese War, which was a significant event in Chinese history. Produced and fully financed by Weiping Zhang under his New Pictures Film banner, The Flowers of War is inspired by true life events, and tells a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice.

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‘The Flowers of War’ International Trailer

The first international trailer has been released for The Flowers of War, which does not have a U.S. theatrical release date set. Click on the video player below for your first look at director Yimou Zhang's Chinese drama starring Christian Bale.

The Flowers of War was released January 20th, 2012.

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‘The 13 Women of Nanjing’ Christian Bale Set Photo

A new photo has arrived from the upcoming Chinese drama The 13 Women of Nanjing, which will be released in China on December 16. An American release date has not been determined yet. Christian Bale stars in director Yimou Zhang's drama as an American who is taken in by 13 Chinese prostitutes during a Japanese invasion in 1937. Take a look at the photo below which features Christian Bale on the set with director Yimou Zhang.

Production recently wrapped on The 13 Women of Nanjing in Beijing. The drama is described as a English-language and Chinese-language hybrid, with 40% of the movie spoken in English, and 60% in Mandarin.

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‘The 13 Women of Nanjing’ Photos Featuring Christian Bale

Before shooting The Dark Knight Rises his summer, Christian Bale must first complete work on the historical drama The 13 Women of Nanjing, which is being directed by Yimou Zhang. The film follows a group of Chinese sex workers who volunteer to escort Japanese soldiers during the war. The first photos from the film have been released featuring Christian Bale. You can check these out below.

The Flowers of War was released January 20th, 2012.

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