• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★½ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    One of the ancient ploys of the film industry is to make a film about non-white people and find a way, however convoluted, to tell it from the point of view of a white character. "The Help" (2011) is a recent example: The film is essentially about how poor, hard-working black maids in Mississippi empowered a young white woman to write a best-seller about them. "Glory" (1989) is about a Civil War regiment of black soldiers; the story is seen…


  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★½ Watched by Daniel Charchuk 21 Feb, 2012

    A Chinese war epic depicting the Rape of Nanjing by the Japanese Army in 1937 that veers dangerously close to Orientalist (or Edward Zwick-ian, in cinematic terms) territory by focusing on John Miller (played by Christian Bale), an American mortician forced to impersonate a Catholic priest in order to save a convent of young girls. And, make no mistake, this dashing white man does get to save the day in the end. But unlike The Last Samurai or even Dances…


  • Edith Nelson

    ★★★½ Watched by Edith Nelson 10 Apr, 2014

    A Time of Sacrifice

    Here is the answer, alas, to why we have to have a white man as a major character in this story. The answer is that the Americans and Europeans in Nanking were able to bring the threat of international pressure to save Chinese lives. The Japanese would not have done what they did had a Chinese man been the priest. In 1937, the Japanese still cared about international perceptions, but they did not care about the…


  • Fireballoon

    ★★★★½ Watched by Fireballoon 05 Apr, 2014

    Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War" (2011) is set during the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in 1937. History has called that episode "the rape of Nanking" with good reason. Chaos, death and destruction reigned and the streets were littered with corpses. But this version is told through the perspective of a young girl who attends school at a Catholic convent in the city, and it is her remembrance of that tragic year that frames the film and gives it…


  • camilla toschi

    ★★ Watched by camilla toschi 03 Apr, 2014

    Amore e Guerra, patriottismo e buoni sentimenti


  • JaviOsuna

    ★★★★½ Watched by JaviOsuna 02 Apr, 2014 1

    Yimou es un genio de la ambientación, crea la atmósfera que quiere para contar sus historias haciendo un uso brillante de las interpretaciones y la luz, y lo corona todo con la guinda de una composición de planos digna de un arquitecto técnico.

    Esta es la primera vez que lo veo en su faceta "superproducción" con estrella yanquee incluida, y me ha sorprendido gratamente como ha usado inteligentemente los efectismos a su favor, sin saturar.

    No es un 10 porque…


  • timmytime

    ★★★ Watched by timmytime 30 Mar, 2014

    The cast is good, although the story is a little bit hamfisted and while it doesn't necessarily shy away from the horrors of the Rape of Nanking - one of the most terrible tragedies of modern history, Hollywoodising it isn't necessarily the way to go. Not one of Zhang Yimou's better films either. It's watchable, though, and the cinematography is good as you expect from this director.


  • Gina

    ★★★ Added by Gina

    This movie has its problems but ultimately it has a huge emotional impact and strong acting and directing. The acting from the actresses especially is so powerful.


  • Roy Martin RR

    ★★★★ Watched by Roy Martin RR 15 Mar, 2014

    Jin líng shí san chai (The Flowers of War), a Chinese movie, but starring Christian Bale in the leading role. Yimou Zhang, also the director of House of Flying Daggers, has with this film shown me that he is certainly a great filmmaker. The movie contains a lot of strong and brutal scenes, so this movie is probably not for the fainthearted viewers.

    Inspired by true events, The Flowers of War is set to 1937, during the horrific events called…


  • Håkan Lycksell

    ★★★½ Added by Håkan Lycksell

    En historisk film och därav finns förhoppningen att förutom att få en trevlig stund i filmsoffan också lära sig något. Berättelsen kretsar kring ett krig mellan Kina och Japan på 30-talet som jag inte ens kände till. Närmare bestämt i Nanjing, Kina 1937 under Nanjingmassakern.

    Denna film är den mest påkostade filmen i Kinas historia (2011) och de gör det tillsammans med västerlänningen Bale, som brukar vara fantastisk, men jag vet inte vad jag ska tycka om honom i denna…


  • Rodrigo Pedroso

    ★★★★½ Watched by Rodrigo Pedroso 05 Mar, 2014

    Filme muito bom, cenas muito fortes e tristes porém com alguns momentos felizes.

    O filme retrata a guerra dos Japoneses contra os Chineses, onde os chineses se encontram em minoria nessa guerra.

    "Sinopse e detalhes"
    Durante a segunda guerra entre China e Japão, em 1937, o agente funerário John Miller (Christian Bale) chega a uma igreja católica para providenciar o enterro de um padre. Uma vez lá, ele se depara com jovens estudantes de um convento e prostitutas de um…


  • Harshal Bhave

    ★★★★ Watched by Harshal Bhave 12 Jan, 2014

    Times like this I question the sanity of civilisation, of humanity as a whole. Warring nations, both inspired by the teachings of a non-violent saint, Budhha, stoop to such despicable levels that thinking of it makes you shiver.

    This is the story of rapes of Nanjing, in second China-Japan war in 1937. The city of Nanjing fell by the Japanese invasion and brutal assaults and rapes on women followed. There was a tribunal and a percentage of guilty were executed…