Flowers of War

Flowers of War

DVD - 2012
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From internationally celebrated director Zhang Yimou ( Ju Dou, Raise The Red Lantern, Hero, House Of Flying Daggers ) comes a story of love and war. The dangerous streets of Nanjing throw together a group of opposites - a flock of shell-shocked schoolchildren, a dozen seductive courtesans, and a renegade American (Academy Awardr winner Christian Bale, The Fighter, The Dark Knight) posing as a priest to save his own skin, or so he thinks - all seeking safety behind a walled cathedral. Trapped by marauding soldiers, over the next few days the prejudices and divides between them will fall away as they unite around a last-ditch plan to protect the children from impending catastrophe.
Audience: 18A
Publisher: [S.l.] : Lions Gate, 2012
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN FLOWERS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (146 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in

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pchow2ca
Mar 27, 2017

A very well made war film, because it is so realistic, it is also very difficult to watch.

The story took place during the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, and the soldiers were killing and raping everything that were in their path.
The main story is about 13 prostitutes's sacrifices to save 13 young church orphans from the raping of Japanese soldiers. Thus is the title The flowers of war.
A very difficult movie to watch indeed but it is extremely moving.

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akirakato
Apr 02, 2016

This is a 2011 Chinese historical war-time drama directed by Zhang Yimou, based on a novella ("13 Flowers of Nanjing") by Geling Yan.
This novella was inspired by the diary of Minnie Vautrin (September 27, 1886 – May 14, 1941), who was an American missionary known for the care and protection of as many as ten thousand refugees during the Nanking Massacre in China.
The story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Rape of Nanking in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.
It is a heart-wrenching, gripping and emotionally-charged story---one of the best war-time movies directed by Chinese directors.

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tenet
Mar 28, 2016

Rated 6/10.

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IV27HUjg
Dec 16, 2015

Historically correct, although the film deviates from the book. I felt the filming was excellent in the portrayal of destruction, the acting was good. CB was a bit weak in many places & his dialog often stilted. I recommend it for the historical value.

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youngmikolo
Jul 13, 2015

Spoiler alert. This movie was extremely well done, albeit sad. Movie critics on other websites completely miss the point. They question why it's always the white guy who is the hero, that the priest could have been a Chinese priest, how come so many people spoke English, etc. The heroes are the Chinese prostitutes! They're the one who sacrificed their lives - without any benefit for themselves. The priest had to be a westerner because of how the Japanese feared Westerners at the time. A Chinese priest could not have talked to the Japanese the way Bale did or leave the churchyard. The characters spoke English because they were brought up in the convent - as explained in the movie. And what's wrong with this being an English movie just because the director is Chinese? There was critique that there was no character development of other actors. The movie is already over 2 hours and has a very complicated story. There is no time. The pace was well balanced. The actors totally natural. Special features on the disk worth watching. Thumbs up!

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john_doh17
Apr 21, 2015

Spoilers ahead! The critics complained about "white man coming to save everyone" aspect and that it should have focused on the Chinese heroes and that why were the hookers lives less valuable. For me it seemed that the school girls saved the westerner. He was a loser drunk looking to steal money from a church, and the girls made him a better man. Likewise the hookers set out to protect the girls from what they had suffered even at great cost to themselves - thus proving they are as worthy as any other person. It was pretty heartbreaking to watch, but uplifting in showing people putting others before themselves.

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21221018293347
Mar 16, 2015

The Japanese invasion of Nanking in 1937. At a convent are 13 girls, an American mortician and 15 or so prostitutes seeking refuge from the invading Japanese army. Graphic war scenes and violence. The story of the bravery of the adults in getting the young girls to safety. Based on a true story from the point of view of one of the girls. Excellent story and acting (the children are portrayed by school children who auditioned). Watch the extras after the movie to see the work that went into this movie, which is one of the most expensive movies made in China for an international audience.

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

Saw this awhile back and liked it. Added the video and lyrics from the featured song in the movie -- Legend of the Qin Huai River.

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venllee
Jul 11, 2014

I returned this already.
Ven Lee

7duffy Jul 05, 2014

Well made movie. Christian Bale again shows his versatility as a grifter posing as a priest, who actually becomes a hero. I didn't know the Asian cast, but thought they were excellent. Japanese soldiers raping women are hard to watch. Apparently, the story was inspired by true events.

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john_doh17
Apr 21, 2015

Sometimes the last thing we need to hear is the truth

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

Signature song at Jade Paradise sang by Dou:
"I have a story and let me put it into song.
I hope every one of you can listen to me patiently.
Allow me to sing the legend of the Qin Huai River,
slowly and passionately, for each one of you.
Ever since the ancient era,
the river has been flowing gracefully.
It is the beauty of the South, the elegance of Nanking.
Walk in the famous Zhan Palace, enjoy the spectacular architecture.
Look at the Colony of Cranes with water rippling all around.
What a paradise this is.”

See video for link to the preformance.

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beckythecat1
Mar 03, 2014

beckythecat1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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