First Poster for Christian Bale in Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers of War'

September 25, 2011
Source: Recent Posters

The Flowers of War Poster

What's that odd look on your face, Mr. Bale? The first official poster, in Chinese, for Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War has been posted over on our friend's blog RecentMoviePosters. Originally titled Nanjing Heroes or 13 Flowers of Nanjing, this true life tale stars Christian Bale as an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle in 1937 during the Nanking Massacre, when Japan's army overran China's capital city. While the color on the rest of the poster is quite alluring, I have no idea why they chose Bale with that facial expression, but it's a film we're keeping a close eye on coming up, so I wanted to feature the poster anyway.

China also recently chose The Flowers of War as their country's Oscar submission this year - must be great!

The Flowers of War Poster with Christian Bale

The story in The Flowers of War, based on Yan Geling's novel The 13 Women of Nanjing, will see Bale as an American priest who shelters a group of prostitutes and female students in his church during the 1937 wartime atrocity known as "The Rape of Nanking". The movie was directed by Oscar nominated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, of films like Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower and A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop previously, as well as the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Wrekin Hill is distributing in the US, but it will first open in Chinese theaters later this year. Footage was first screened during TIFF, as the film contains about 40% English dialogue, 60% in Mandarin.

Find more posts in Foreign Film, Indies, Opinions, Posters

Discover more around the web:

  • Dave
    Lol @ his face.
  • Charlie
    what is this face??
  • Alan Shore
    She's clearly trashing his scene.
  • David Banner
    2min-photoshop poster is 2min-photoshop poster
  • Richie G
    I think I know why they chose this picture, considering the weird expression; it has you guys talking about it and I'd imagine it'll be a topic for a lot of other people simply because its weird. Publicity
  • Anonymous
    Wow, I didn't believe it when someone told me this is the official poster.  It looks like a fan puzzled things together with the very few photos that are out from that movie so far. I'm pretty much computer retarded, but I believe even I could have done a better job. >.<
  • Derp
  • Funniest poster in years
  • Icefilm
    Best photo bomb ever...
  • LW
    This is MEME gold.
  • 1992nov12
    the movie must be great, i think! i want to see it.
  • Lebowski
    Gotta give props to Bale for doing this, he is really committed to changing up what he stars in. But yes, that 'I have a boner' expression is pretty funny. Could it possibly be something to do with the fact that this is a chinese domestic poster? I'm not familiar with specific cultural differences, but for all I know he looks like a fucking badass to the chinese right now.
  • Ford
    Looks like another White American looking for some Asian poonani. 
  • Anonymous
    if you don't like it, then don't go see it I am frankly tired of 'critics' trashing films based on some preconceived notion, most of the time oblivious to anyone but them............... I also wonder if she has any idea what the massacre of Nanjing was all about? Probably not. My father was in Shanghai when it happened and he said it was the time the US was not involved in the war......
  • His bad acting is clearly on his shirt lmao. What a creeper Exotic Tropical Flowers No bad actors here.... Lmao..




Alex's Top 10 - 2016
1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
10. Wilderpeople
Click Here for Thoughts

Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the news posts only, follow this acct:
Add our feed to your Feedly: follow us in feedly