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…
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!
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…
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.
White privilege & denial thereof
Abuse of sex workers
Sexual objectification of women
Extreme violence against women
Women as a resource
This sounds like I would have to yell at it. Yuuuuup.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…