The Flowers Of War
Starring: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Huang Tianyuan, Han Xiting, Atsuro Watabe
Directed by: Zhang Yimou
The plot: American mortician John Miller arrives in Nanking during the Second Sino-Japanese War to bury the head priest of a convent school for Catholic girls. Miller quickly becomes embroiled in the conflict when he is forced to pose as the school's priest in order to protect the teenage schoolgirls from marauding Japanese troops. When Colonel Hasegawa demands the girls sing for his troops, Miller concocts a daring plan to spirit his young wards away from the devastation.
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"Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun."
"Zhang's flamboyant camera choreography and diva-ish flounces of melodrama are vivid but misplaced."
"As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal."