• 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)


  • Windyblue

    ★★½ Added by Windyblue

    White supremacy
    White entitlement
    White privilege & denial thereof
    Abuse of sex workers
    Rape culture
    Sexual objectification of women
    Extreme violence against women
    Women as a resource
    Anti-female sexuality

    This sounds like I would have to yell at it. Yuuuuup.


  • 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.


  • 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…