Christian Bale is the face of Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” (aka “Nanjing Heroes”, “13 Flowers of Nanjing”), but he’s not the only one, of course. The film, set in 1937, follows 13 Chinese sex workers who volunteer to replace university students who have been conscripted as escorts for the invading Japanese soldiers. Bale’s character, a Priest, apparently lends a vital hand to the resistance, though there are plenty of other Chinese characters that do equally important work, like the guy with the rifle. The trailer is essentially selling Bale, for better or worse.
“The Flowers of War” opens in China December 16, 2011, and has already been selected by China as its Oscar entry. As you can also tell from the trailer, it looks like Yimou went all out with the war scenes, which probably explains why the movie costs a whopping $90 million to produce.
Look for it on the festival circuit very soon.