First Poster for Christian Bale in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Flowers of War’ |

The story in The Flowers of War, based on Yan Geling’s novel The 13 Women of Nanjing, will see Bale as an American priest who shelters a group of prostitutes and female students in his church during the 1937 wartime atrocity known as “The Rape of Nanking”. The movie was directed by Oscar nominated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, of films like Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower and A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop previously, as well as the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony.


What’s that odd look on your face, Mr. Bale? The first official poster, in Chinese, for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War has been posted over on our friend’s blog RecentMoviePosters. Originally titled Nanjing Heroes or 13 Flowers of Nanjing, this true life tale stars Christian Bale as an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle in 1937 during the Nanking Massacre, when Japan’s army overran China’s capital city. While the color on the rest of the poster is quite alluring, I have no idea why they chose Bale with that facial expression, but it’s a film we’re keeping a close eye on coming up, so I wanted to feature the poster anyway.

China also recently chose The Flowers of War as their country’s Oscar submission this year – must be great!

This is still looking for a US distributor, but will first open in Chinese theaters later this year. Footage was just screened during TIFF, as the film contains about 40% English dialogue, 60% in Mandarin.


Bale is, of course, currently in the news as the star of the third and final Dark Knight epic from Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises currently shooting in Los Angeles.

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