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The Flowers Of War

aka Jin Líng Shí San Chai

Released on 06 August 2012

Featuring: Christian Bale, Paul Schneider & Ni Ni

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

3.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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It's 1937 and China is on the brink of collapse. Nanking is under siege from the Japanese Imperial Army, the streets awash with violence, the civilians desperate. The protective walls of a western church provide the only haven from the vicious battles outside. Here, an American John Miller (Christian Bale) caught in the midst of the chaos, joins a small group trying escape the violence wrought by the Japanese army.

Through one act of heroism, this group of disparate refugees fight back, risking their lives for the sake of others and the nation. Inspired by true events, Flowers Of War tells the incredible story of an unlikely group standing up against an unimaginable and overwhelming evil.

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A trip back to Nanking with Christian Bale coming into the role of protector. He strolls into Nanking on private mission of selfishness, but is quickly forced into becoming human to protect and save the females around. It is a simple story which is filled with a lot of heart, the characters are realistic and all possess their unique qualities and downfalls. At times it can be difficult to watch due to the subject matter, but still it is a lot less callous than other previous movies. The movie has a strong heroic feel, at times it feels slightly too heroic. Also the ending is a little too safe, it ends easily and can leave viewers slightly disappointed. It's a good movie but far from Great.

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ActorsChristian Bale, Paul Schneider, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tong Dawei, Atsurô Watabe, Tianyuan Huang, Shawn Dou, Yuan Nie, Shigeo Kobayashi, Bai Xue, Kefan Cao, Takashi Yamanaka & Hai-Bo Huang
DirectorZhang Yimou
Certificate15 years and over
Year2011
Duration2 hour and 26 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.