Christian Bale was the first major “Hollywood” actor to decide to go to China and star in a Chinese produced film. It was a risky move, but judging from the trailer it seems the correct choice was made. The film is now being released in selected cities before 2011 is over, to qualify for the Oscars.
The film is a WWII story about an American man who comes to shelter and save a convent of young girls stuck at a church in Japanese occupied Nanking, China during WWII.
The story in The Flowers of War, based on Yan Geling’s novel The 13 Women of Nanjing, sees Bale as an American posing as a priest who shelters a group of prostitutes and female students in a church during the 1937 wartime atrocity known as The Rape of Nanking.
The film contains about 40% English dialogue, 60% in Mandarin.
Here is the US trailer.
Here is the international trailer.