I didn't like that the japanese characters were shown as evil monsters. I know that they did things wrong during the war and that they killed a lot of people, but this movie looks like an anti-japanese propaganda film to increase the hate against japanese people in China. Everyday I'm more tired about propagandistic war movies, we should live the present, not in the past.
This could have been a good movie if not for one simple problem...WHY IS CHRISTIAN BALE THE STAR OF THIS MOVIE?! This is a Chinese story, why not tell it from the perspective of a Chinese man such as a priest or a green soldier who has not seen the horrors of war up close before. This film completely reeks of racist Hollywood messing around with things that ought not to be messed around with.
Christian Bale stars in this beautifully filmed but strangely overcooked drama about a drunken mortician who unwittingly becomes the guardian of a group of Catholic schoolgirls and refugee prostitutes during the Japanese invasion of Nanking during WWII. Beautifully filmed but almost self-consciously so, the beauty of the images often seem out of place. Nanking story told much better in CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH.