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Jin líng shí san chai | 金陵十三钗

Zhang Yimou China, 2011

the.deft.one's rating of the film The Flowers of War

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.