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A new batch of images from Zhang Yimou’s WWII epic “The Flowers of War”, starring Christian Bale in what I’m guessing is as his first Chinese movie. The film stars Bale as a Westerner who 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. The film also co-stars Ni Ni as one of the Chinese courtesans who intrigues Bale’s faux priest.
Or, more officially:
The film, set during Japan’s 1937 invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.
What I said.
Also starring Paul Schneider, Shigeo Kobayashi, Atsurô Watabe, Xinyi Zhang, Bai Xue, Takashi, and Kefan Cao. China gets the film first December 16th, while everyone else get it on December 23rd in limited release.
Here’s the latest English trailer in case you missed it: