Christian Bale is back and better than ever in Yimou Zhang‘s The Flowers of War, previously titled The Thirteen Women of Nanjing. This WWII epic is China’s most expensive production yet, costing somewhere in the $94 million dollar price range and by the looks of it they spent every penny where it needed it. The action looks to be on a very grand scale and Bale seems to be on the ball like usual.
The story feels a bit repetitive, but maybe that’s just the way this internationally trailer is cut. I’m sure a fancier US trailer will trickle its way onto the internet in due time, but for now this will do just fine!
The Flowers of War opens sometime around Christmas in the US. We’ll have an official release date as soon we find out!
Check out the trailer below, thanks to /Film.
In 1937, Nanjing stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. Inspired by true life events, and starring Christian Bale as an American trapped in the middle of battle, The Flowers of War follows the epic journey of John (Bale) and 13 courtesans as they seek refuge in a church compound together with a group of innocent schoolgirls from the church.
Struggling to survive the violence and persecution brought on by the ruthless Japanese army, an act of heroism leads the group to fight back and risk their lives for the sake of everyone. Through treacherous surroundings and facing unimaginable evil, The Flowers of War manages to tell a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together. Starring Academy Award winner Christian Bale (The Fighter), The Flowers of War is written and directed by Yimou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers).