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Christian Bale Joins the Ranks of Zhang Yimou's 'Nanjing Heroes'

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December 22, 2010
Source: THR

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Though audiences are looking forward to his final turn as Batman in Chris Nolan's highly anticipated sequel The Dark Knight Rises, it looks like Christian Bale is looking at his future beyond the Caped Crusader. At a press event in Beijing (via THR) it was announced that Christian Bale is starring in the tentatively titled Nanjing Heroes, the next film for director Zhang Yimou (Hero). The story, based on Yan Geling's novel The 13 Women of Nanjing, will see Bale as a priest who shelters a group of prostitutes and female students in his church during the 1937 wartime atrocity known as "The Rape of Nanking" by Japanese troops.

Throughout the violent invasion, hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and surrendered soldiers were murdered along with anywhere from 20,000-80,000 women being raped by the Imperial Japanese Army. As for Bale's casting in the story, Zhang says, "I met Christian in America and was impressed with his serious book research for the role." The film is yet another cinematic approach to the tragic historical events which has been seen before in Chinese films like City of Life and Death. Bale has always chosen roles completely different from his previous work whether it's The Machinist or Terminator Salvation, and this project is no different. Interested?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Best actor of this generation. Can't wait

Barnaby Barrilla on Dec 22, 2010

2

great news!

Xerxex on Dec 22, 2010

3

intriguing

A5J4DX on Dec 22, 2010

4

Bale always keeps us guessing. Looking forward to this.

JWald on Dec 22, 2010

5

#3 The first word that made sense. This does sound very intriguing, Bale never chooses a stale role to play.

Cruzer on Dec 22, 2010

6

got multiple nerdgasms when i read this, can`t wait

Loser on Dec 22, 2010

7

Awesome. Screw WB.

insider on Dec 22, 2010

8

Awesome! Im do glad a A-List actor is shedding light on this monstrosity of human history. Not a lot of people know about nanking and the horrible things that happened there. It was definitely a Holocaust that goes unknown amongst the general public. good for Bale. i'm really excited to see this movie.

Roderick on Dec 22, 2010

9

I can't say, "awesome!" and "wicked!" or "omg! That's great news!" when it comes to a historical movie about mass rape. So I'm just going to have to go with, "very interesting".

LW on Dec 22, 2010

10

In hindsight I think my comment was a bit offending but I was reffering to the collaboration of Bale and yimou not the atrocities of the historical events

Loser on Dec 23, 2010

11

10 bucks says this movie will not be released in Japan.

MithunOnThe.Net on Dec 23, 2010

12

I did a report on T.R.O.N pretty fucked up stuff... this sounds similar to The Mission, but...better.

Xerxex on Dec 23, 2010

13

if it was released in Japan. Japanese people would come of the theater highfiving each other.

Roderick on Dec 23, 2010

14

Man, this is gonna be a tough one-- real emotional and wrenching-- I can just feel it. Love the Bale. Gotta love the Bale.

Cracky on Dec 25, 2010

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