• John Winters

    ★★ Watched by John Winters 25 Mar, 2015

    I watched this for Christian Bale, but by the time the film was over I questioned why it was even his story to tell. I feel like there was probably a better central character that could've been the focus here rather than a white American. I wouldn't really recommend watching this.


  • Akram Ben Dhia

    ★★★½ Added by Akram Ben Dhia

    A powerful performance from Christian Bale.


  • Zack Wallace

    ★★★★ Watched by Zack Wallace 05 Mar, 2015

    How different would the world be today if we all just stopped and thought for five minutes about our actions?


  • Lucas Rabelo

    ★★★★ Added by Lucas Rabelo

    I loved this movie, but it's a little different of the zhang yimou's films. The Bale's performance was not so good to me, and the way how the christians and the nanjing massacre was showed was very interesting. To read my complete review about the movie, please acess www.asianocinema.com


  • Robert Motherwell

    ★★½ Added by Robert Motherwell

    Terribly overlong and deeply mishandled drama manages to come off just okay with a superb production design.
    Zhang Yimou is one of the best Chinese directors-but his efforts here feel either over done or underplayed.
    The story follows a western mortician who gets stranded in an orphanage with a group of young girls as well as a host of prostitutes.
    They're all trying to survive and hide from the Japanese during the rape of Nanking in 1937. A love subplot…


  • Joe Baker

    ★★★½ Watched by Joe Baker 15 Feb, 2015

    Strong effort from wonderful Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou about the attack on Nanking from a more personal angle than "City of Life and Death", which took the atrocity to a hyper-real action film level. This one looks at the survival of a group of schoolchildren within the confines of a church and their unlikely protector, drunk mortician Christian Bale. Moments of over-sentimentality exist, but "The Flowers of War" is largely a gut wrenching and visually poetic treatise on the brutality…


  • 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…