Impressive New Artistic Poster for Zhang Yimou's 'The Flowers of War'

November 11, 2011
Source: The Playlist

Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War

Take a look at the new promo poster for Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, the Chinese historical epic starring Christian Bale as an American priest in Nanking who shelters a group of prostitutes and female students in his church in 1937. We've seen an epic first trailer for this, so we know what to expect at least. Wrekin Hill just picked up the film for US distribution and is giving it an Oscar run in December before a wide release next year. This poster takes the floral imagery already associated with this (see this poster) and recreates it as something that looks like a bomb/bullet with its impact ripple turned into pedals. See below!

This new poster was originally found on MTime and picked up by our friends from The Playlist. I just think it's impressive art for this film and a huge step up from that first atrocious poster. Expect to see more soon.

The Flowers of War Movie Poster

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.

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You say the opposite in your text. You say in the first part it was picked up by a US distributor, but the synopsis at the end, it says it didn't.

Jroyy on Nov 11, 2011


Woops, my mistake, you are correct. Just updated the text (at the bottom) with the Wrekin Hill information, sorry for all the confusion.

Alex Billington on Nov 11, 2011


perfect poster concept

Nick Sears on Nov 11, 2011


Did you make the first picture or was it from the company? Because I like the visuals of the red over the white and black more than the original. P.S. the majority of the Chinese dialogue is not in mandarin, but in Nanjing dialect.

idarklight on Nov 12, 2011

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