The Flowers of War trailer
Christian Bale is escaping Batman as we speak and his latest film is The Flowers of War, a film about a Westerner who saves a group of women from a terrible fate during the Japanese invasion of Nanking.
What's particularly surprising about this film is that it's a Chinese film, in English, and starring Bale. However that surprise is probably tempered by the fact that it comes from the director Zhang Yimou who has previously made Hero and The House of the Flying Daggers.
The blurb that comes with the trailer for The Flowers of War doesn't concentrate so much on the story as selling the production:
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).
The trailer looks really good however, I was caught up in it quite early on even if it does feel like it's telling a story which, at its core, we might have seen before, yet it's not one we can easily tire of or turn away from for the events of Nanking are particularly shocking and still have not been properly told in the West.
Mind you, I'm not sure if this film will be the one to tell the whole story, but it will introduce many to the events and perhaps prompt some more insightful reading, after all The Flowers of War is a more personal, smaller scale and less historical look at the events.
Here's the trailer for The Flowers of War through TrailerAddict: