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…
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…
Amore e Guerra, patriottismo e buoni sentimenti
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…
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.
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.