First Trailer for Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers of War' with Christian Bale
"Stop! This is the house of the Lord!" An official trailer has just debuted for Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, the Chinese war drama starring Christian Bale about the events that occurred in the city of Nanking during the Japanese invasion in 1937. The trailer, found via WildGrounds, is mostly in English anyway, but includes subtitles for Mandarin and English. This also seems to have a rather epic Spielberg-esque war tinge to it, with all the gritty and massive WWII action scenes, which take up the last half of the trailer. I wasn't expecting it to look this big, but some are even calling it "Yimou's Saving [Private] Ryan?" You must watch!
Watch the first Chinese trailer for Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, originally via WildGrounds:
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.