First Poster for Christian Bale in Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers of War'
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 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.
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
Lol @ his face.
Dave on Sep 25, 2011
what is this face??
Charlie on Sep 25, 2011
She's clearly trashing his scene.
Alan Shore on Sep 25, 2011
2min-photoshop poster is 2min-photoshop poster
David Banner on Sep 25, 2011
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
Richie G on Sep 25, 2011
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. >.<
Anonymous on Sep 25, 2011
Erik Keating on Sep 25, 2011
Funniest poster in years
Rashad on Sep 25, 2011
Best photo bomb ever...
Icefilm on Sep 25, 2011
This is MEME gold.
LW on Sep 25, 2011
LLLLLLLMFAOOOOOOOOO SO TRUEE
Daniel Vu Tran on Sep 25, 2011
the movie must be great, i think! i want to see it.
1992nov12 on Sep 25, 2011
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.
Lebowski on Sep 25, 2011
Looks like another White American looking for some Asian poonani.
Ford on Sep 25, 2011
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 horrific.......at the time the US was not involved in the war......
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011
His bad acting is clearly on his shirt lmao. What a creeper Exotic Tropical Flowers No bad actors here.... Lmao..
MattCWM on Sep 30, 2011
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