• Panta Oz

    ★★★½ Added by Panta Oz

    I had a pleasure to watch this movie on the opening night in the International cinema in Suzhou after spending last two weeks in Nanjing, where all these events occurred (Nanjing Massacre happened on the 13th December 1937). The Flowers of War (金陵十三钗) is a war drama directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Tong Dawei and Shigeo Kobayashi. The film, which is based on the novel The 13 Women of Nanjing by Geling Yan, has been selected as the…


  • cinemagazine

    ★★★★ Watched by cinemagazine 08 Dec, 2014

    "Ongemakkelijk, maar intrigerend. Moeilijk, maar mooi. ‘The Flowers Of War’ is een film die je niet snel uit je hoofd krijgt. Dit is een intense kijkervaring over een zeer pijnlijke geschiedenis."


  • Bobby Edwards

    ★★★½ Added by Bobby Edwards

    Wow!!! Such a great film and it has christian bale(batman) in it


  • nefolk

    ★★★★ Added by nefolk

    1937. gada ziemā pēc smagas, divu nedēļu ilgas bombardēšanas Japānas armija ieņem tālaika Ķīnas galvaspilsētu Nankinu (tagadējā Naņdzjina) – notikums, kuram sekojošās sešas nedēļas vēsturē dēvē arī par Nankinas izvarošanu un par kuru es neko nezinātu, ja ne šī 2011. gada Ķīnas TR (lasi, Honkongas) ražojuma filma ar Kristiānu Beilu (!) galvenajā lomā (jāsaka, ka arī par tādu filmu, visticamāk, neko nezinātu, ja tajā nebūtu viņa) kristīga anderteikera tēlā, kurš pāris dienu laikā piedzīvo gan dievišķo intervenci, gan katarsi, gan…


  • Toomah

    Added by Toomah

    The rating for this film on rotten tomatoes currently stands at 41%. I knew this going in and came up with the review "The Flowers of War? More like The Flowers of Bore".
    But after finishing the movie I realise, "Shit. This is a good movie".
    Fuck you Flowers of War for being a great and entertaining movie thus disabling me to publish my witty pun!


  • Rebecca

    ★★★★ Watched by Rebecca 10 Nov, 2014

    This feels like Yimou Zhang's comeback film, and his new Coming Home seem to have followed in the same vein. At least it's better than the travesties known as Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower. Curse, indeed. The film is based on a novella by Geling Yan, 13 Flowers of Nanjing, which was inspired by the diary of Minnie Vautrin. The story is set in Nanking, China, during the tragedy known as the Rape of…


  • Karl J. Kipling

    Watched by Karl J. Kipling 17 Oct, 2014

    Actually 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 (rather well-fed, by the looks of it) heroic Chinese soldiers who can wipe out whole platoons of Japs singlehandedly, is pissing on the memory of the victims. I can't truly despise someone like Michael Bay who was obviously born a filthy animal and doesn't know any better - but Zhang, who sold out his talent to become pet puppy to the regime, ought to be publicly flogged.


  • JaySalahi

    ★★★½ Watched by JaySalahi 25 Nov, 2011

    B (85)


  • Ally Berry

    ★★★ Added by Ally Berry

    The incredible women of the Qin Huai River. I don't feel as though I could ever measure up or be as honorable and brave as they were.

    Good war film. Honestly, I thought it was going to be much more biased than it came off as. For a film based on a book, describing what sort of acts went down in Nanking (it was a fictional story based on true events)… let's just say I was expecting a lot worse…


  • David Topper

    ★★½ Watched by David Topper 18 Jan, 2014

    Zhang Yimou is one of the few Asian directors who's movies I always enjoy to watch when I find them.
    His films are often lush with beautiful cinematography and colors, that always supplement his stories.

    Yet The Flowers of War is perhaps one of the most incorrect films for Yimou. He brings in his beautiful colors, strong female characters and overall aestetic.
    But The Flowers of War is such a wrong film for his style.

    It is a film that…


  • Reed

    ★★★★ Watched by Reed 05 May, 2014

    Zhang Yimou's direction is great. Visually, the film is spot-on. Ruggedly beautiful.

    There is propaganda. Don't think you're getting away from that. The Japanese are sinister and the Chinese soldiers are selfless heroes. The other characters are actually...well, characters. Not always deep characters, but at least we get to know them better.

    The best storyline is the conflict between the rigid Catholic school girls and the troupe of sassy prostitutes.

    Christian Bale isn't mailing it in, per se, but I…


  • Boost

    ★★ Added by Boost

    A decent, colorful alternative/companion to "City of Life and Death". Bale is better in "Rescue Dawn". One Chinese fighter taking out a platoon is worth watching, as is "the last battle" scenes. The rest is melodramatic, cruel spectacle. Brilliant shattering glass and direction, but at least 30 minutes too long.