The Flowers of War is the latest from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero and The House of Flying Daggers). The film is set during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. Based on a historical novel by Yan Geling, the film has Bale playing John Haufman, a mortician who apparently has come to town to bury the priest of a cathedral in Nanking. 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 Flowers of War is said to be the most expensive movie China has ever made, and all that money appears on the screen. That combined with the use of English (about 40% of the dialogue) made Flowers the natural selection for China’s official Oscar submission.
Speaking of which, The Flowers of War will sneak into theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco starting December 21 for an Oscar-qualifying run. A wide release will follow in early 2012.
They really went all out for this premiere!
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Everyone looks so gorgeous!
Aw he is such a gent, giving her his arm.
Ni Ni (last one on the right) is so gorgeous!
The beautiful cast
Still sporting the grey hair
Jesus Bale getting an important message from his father.
Can I please be that mic
Of course, his bb is always by his side.
Lucky! She gets to have sex with him in the movie and get that close to him!
This new trailer is so much better. Definitely going to go see this movie and bringing a box of tissues with me!