Beautifully shot, but unfortunately, a lot of scenes are just too long, especially when they develop just exactly as you expect them to. But that's maybe a Chinese sensibility that I don't have. Apparently an accurate depiction of the historical period though (unfortunately).
The Flowers of War was a historical Japanese imperialism film in which Christian Bale starred. Quite an odd placement for Christian Bale as this was a full-fledged Japanese film. Bale took the role and did a fantastic job with it. This movie was very well done, though it could have used slight editing marks here and there, throughout the film. This film focuses on unnatural lifely things such as rape and emotions.
What a mess. Christian Bale attempts to imitate Harrison Ford, but comes across as tediously grandiose. Worst offense is the overly tidy plot of 13 students exchanged for 13 women: probably better for a stage play. Production design particularly cheap with the stained glass window: appears to be plastic as has no lead panes. Outside battle scenes missing crucial coverage. Sacrifice of prostitutes problematic.
Christian Bale is a terrific actor and he did good as the american mortician in this movie. But I felt the movie had many unwanted scenes with untimely crude humor which was unnecessary when you try to tell the story of the "Rape of Nanking" during the second sino-Japanese war.
What you're really doing when you make a slick state-sanctioned comic strip version of one of the darkest hours of 20th century history, replete with mustache-twirling villains, slow-mo blood sprays, hookers with hearts of gold, and heroic Chinese soldiers who can wipe out whole platoons of Japs singlehandedly, is pissing on the memory of the victims. Zhang, who once had talent, is a pretty contemptible character.
As uncompromisingly brutal as it is sympathetically Chinese, this dramatisation of Japanese Imperialism, namely the Rape of Nanking, is impeccably polished and gorgeous to look at. The curious casting of Bale works for me – I’d say it is his most appealing performance. Zhang is becoming a firm favourite.