Reelz Recommends: A Fact-Based Foreign War Drama Starring a "Dark" Actor Now Streaming on Netflix
12.04.12 by BJSprecher
"What you did today — it makes you a hero."
Journey back in time to witness the atrocities of war and find refuge from the invading Japanese forces with a drug-addled Westerner posing as a priest.
The Flick: The Flowers of War
The Skinny: Directed by internationally acclaimed director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), The Flowers of War is based on Yan Geling's novel The 13 Women of Nanjing about the bloody 1937 "Nanjing Massacre," a six-week period during the Second Sino-Japanese War in which the invading Japanese Imperial Army killed and brutalized thousands of unarmed Chinese soldiers and civilians. The movie was the Chinese entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.
The Players: Though The Flowers of War is a Chinese production of a story about Chinese history featuring nearly all Chinese actors, Academy-award winning British actor and "Dark Knight" Christian Bale leads this fact-based historical drama as John Haufman, a drug-addicted American mortician who finds himself caught in the middle of the conflict between the Chinese and the Japanese. Haufman takes refuge in an abandoned church and soon finds himself called upon to safeguard a group of Chinese schoolgirls and prostitutes from the Japanese, who have been systematically raping the local women.
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