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The Flowers of War (2012)

The Flowers of War

Overview


Genre

Drama, Adventure

Release Date

January 20, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

158 min.

Production Budget

$90.2 millions

Studio

Wrekin Hill Entertainment

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Zhang Yimou

Producer

Zhang Weiping, Zhang Yimou, William Kong

Screenwriter

Liu Heng

Starring

Story


"The Flower of War" tells a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice. Set in 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China's capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Haufman (Bale), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls.

Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..mostly just proves that there's no tragedy too terrible that it can't be turned into an operatic pageant..”
by Tim Grierson [Village Voice]
“..messy movie that contains both such unfortunate lapses as the sudden transformation..”
by Andrew Schenker [Slant Magazine]
“..if there are too many plot contrivances, there are also a number of startling surprises that render the film theatrically poten..”
by Bruce Feld [Film Journal International]