All actors from different countries did an amazing job in making so many strong characters in 3 languages, not just the American 'priest', but also those prostitutes, the boy George, all the children, Japanese officers, and the Chinese 'traitor'. Good movie is like a mirror, some people might get upset watching it, while others see love for others, respect for life, and the human spirit of fighting for peace out of tragedy. But alas we prefer on mass to fix our eyes of adolescent spectacle. There's so many words to describe this film. For making a part of history come to our awareness in such an artistic way, I applaud Zhang YiMou. The Nanking war scenes are reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan, while casting Christian Bale echoes Empire of the Sun.
Miller is played Christian Bale, who is hired to prepare a Catholic priest that died for his coffin. The second time I liked it more. I am so captivated by this movie that I am trying to locate the original book on which the movie is based on. But Bale has his shot. This whole movie's dialog is in Nan Jing Hua local accent mandarin. It is a sick scene which is emphasized by the screams while their clothes are being torn. This man finds himself in Nanking at the time, misses a chance to escape the city and ends up hiding out in a huge Catholic cathedral, which is theoretically neutral ground.
Hiding in a church, we take a journey with the characters as they get to know one another under stressful, war-time tension. Having captured the Chinese city, Japanese forces committed a near genocide against the population and devastated the city. The action, cinematography and acting are all up to Hollywood standards and edited together with a sweeping, melodramatic style that will prove very effective on audiences, and could steer them wide of having a wider, more balanced perspective on what took place. Now let me ask you: Can you think of any reason the character John Miller is needed to tell his story? For this film is a treasure, to be seen by all of mankind for all of time. I think first is the story itself.
In taking the place of the girls, the prostitutes were hauled into trucks and faced sexual assault to the point of death. The movie theater is fully packed. The Flowers of War features breathtaking visuals, straying into magic realism, with beautiful stained glass window lighting contrasting against the dull mire of a war-torn Nanking. If Don't go into this hoping it's an action flick. It isn't the most important topic.
Invading Japanese troops quickly overpower the few remaining Chinese soldiers occupying the city. Would that be asking for too much? If any Chinese simply walked out of the cinema cursing Japanese, I'd say the movie failed big time. Characters smoke throughout the movie and drink wine and whiskey; the hero is introduced as a hard-drinking man who passes out after getting very drunk. There's can always be hope. Movie has lots of works - Zhang Yimou attempting Hollywood style movie inspired by a novel 13 flowers of Nanjing based on true events, with massive budget with over 100 mn , multiple casts from different country, and nominated for 2011 Oscar nominated film among foreign language films, all the works justifies 2 and half hours film An American born mortician john miller acted by Christian bale , upon arrival in Nanjing for a burial of a priest, finds himself caught between bunch of orphan students, encroached prostitutes of qin hu river the 13 flowers in church trying to escape Nanjing and from the bloody brutal of Japanese army. It is shockingly, appallingly evil.
Tell everybody you know they have to see this film. The Flowers Of War tells the story of a group of young Catholic girls trapped in their convent during the Rape of Nanjing at the time of the Second Sino-Japanese War. My point being if anyone with half a brain and some curiousity wanted to find out about the holocaust they can find it on the internet and the realities of it --- and aren't morons into believing Tarantinos Inglorious Bastards is a history documentary. This movie is a long movie for sure, not your average length movie. They stop fighting when the Japanese arrive and enter the church without realizing the presence of courtesans. Thanks The Flowers of War Review Student's name Student number Communications and Media Professor's name Due date The Flowers of War 2011 The Flowers of War Review: A war film that gives China a new impression Film Review Critique Genre: War In this movie, Zhang Yimou is attempting to stay away from foreign language ghetto and create a movie that people from all over the world will willingly watch.
If you want action, watch a Michael Bay movie or a Jason Stathom flick. We are internally geared to view the apex of heroism as Christ-like sacrifice more specifically, of substitutionary sacrifice with its cruciform archetype. Was this evident in The Flowers of War? The prostitutes have also undergone a process of redemption and now, no longer crass and self-serving, they nobly volunteer to switch clothing with the girls and take their places. Moving, riveting, poetic, visually stunning, and dramatically gut wrenching. They began shooting on location in , China, on January 10, 2011. Throughout the movie, these three men are faced with various challenges. The Chinese women are flowers beautiful, delicate, sometimes thorny yet vulnerable and the Japanese men are generally represented as a group of war-mongering soldiers, who treat their raping, killing and pillaging like a game of cat and mouse.
It presents aconstantly shifting perspective — from horrific battle and rape scenes to sentimental episodes of romance, self-sacrifice, and redemption. Apart from prejudice, I consider that this movie is very controlled in a lot of ways. But no such luck in this story of an American mortician Bale who finds himself in a foreign land at the worst possible time. Yes, the girls and women played their parts well when the horror kicks in. There were brave American medicals and priests who risked their lives at that time to keep journals and photo about the crimes. The arc of Christian Bale's character may seem 'predictable', but it is never false or 'convenient' to the story. Also, the structure of the film is very ideal.
My grandparents were in a different part of China that also got occupied where similar tragedies occurred. Apart from the history, it is a good film. They killed, stole from the people, and raped women without any remorse Tookey, 2012. But The Flowers of War tells such an emotionally manipulative story that's so lacking in subtlety and heavy on caricature that it falls well short of its goal. I know much about the history here because I speak to Chinese people who live in China and this is truly something passed down through generations. The acting is so genuine that it's not possible not to be greatly affected by his powerful epic, unless you're a zombie.