The Flowers of War


The Flowers of War
China's most expensive movie, and entry into the Oscars, is set during the Rape of Nanking, when the Japanese overran and slaughtered 300 000 Chinese, generally raping the women first. The story focuses on an American undertaker who seeks refuge in a cathedral, where he finds a group of schoolgirls. Not long after, a group of prostitutes sneak in, and hide in the basement. The local Japanese commander is impressed by the school girls' singing, and invites them to come and sing for all the officers. The girls realise this will be a one-way trip, and desperately try to find a way out of their predicament. In English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Shanghainese with English subtitles where necessary.

146 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Language, Violence, Prejudice).
Drama, Period piece, War, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang, Xiting Han , Doudou Zhang, Dawei TOng
Director
Yimou Zhang
ScreenplayHeng Liu, Geling Yan
MusicQigang Chen
CinematographyXiaoding Zhao
EditingPeicong Meng
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, Datasat
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorSter-Kinekor
Made in2012
Produced byBeijing New Picture Film Co., EDKO Film, New Picture Company

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreWar, drama
LanguageModerate, strong, frequent
NudityNone
SexBrief, mildly implied, infrequent (without nudity)
ViolenceVery strong, realistic, prolonged with blood letting
PrejudiceModerate, infrequent, historical, justified by context
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseMild alcohol consumption and mild use of cigarette
CommentsNone
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer quote iconWar story fails to fully blossom.
5
Die Burger
Francois Bloemhof quote iconOorlogsdrama visueel en dramaties sterk.
10
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconA contrived and unpersuasive look at an oft-dramatised historical moment.
5
Box Office
Pete Hammond quote iconThe Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe Flowers of War is in many ways a good film, as we expect from Zhang Yimou.
10
Metacritic.com
22 critics
9
Rottentomatoes critics
56 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer
8
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
12
Movie Review Intelligence
24 critics
9

What the People say

Internet
13138 Netizens quote iconA movie definitely worth seeing
15

Average .. 50%

10

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