New International Trailer for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War

Christian Bale in The Flowers of War (2011) Movie Image

Got time? Check out the new trailer for Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s World War II drama “The Flowers of War”, starring Christian Bale and lots of Chinese women fighting against some meanie Japanese types. It’s similar to the first trailer for the movie that surfaced last month, though I think this one is geared more towards an English-speaking audience, with the focus squarely on Bale’s priest character and the women who shows up at his church for help.

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) tells an epic story of love and sacrifice in THE FLOWERS OF WAR, starring Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni.

The film, set during the Japanese 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.

The film represents one of China’s most ambitious productions, involving the recreation of 1937 Nanking built from scratch over a one-year period and the collaboration of one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men (Christian Bale).

Starring Christian Bale, Tong Da-wei, Cao Kefan, Zhang Yimou, and Paul Schneider.

The film opens this December 16th in China, then comes Stateside, with a December 21st one-week run in Los Angeles and New York for another one-week on the 23rd, before opening wide sometime in late 2012.