The Flowers of War

In 1937, the Sino-Japanese war. An American mortician, John goes to a Catholic Church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the only man among the students of the monastery and prostitutes from a nearby brothel in the midst of war. Once in this position, he pretends to be a priest and tries to save both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army.

  • Yimou Zhang

Release Date: 2011-12-16
IMDb icon 7.6/10
  • Country: CN, HK
  • Language: Mandarin | English | Japanese | Shanghainese
  • Budget: $94,000,000
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $2,855,644
Danni Senecal
09 August 2012 | 07:17

"I discovered that China and Spain alone and same earth, only ignorance consider them for different States. I suggest all to purposely write on paper China, and will be released Spain", — claims Poprishin, hero of Gogol's "diary of a madman". Honestly, after seeing the latest creations Asian filmmakers — and the cohort of the most famous in including — you will involuntarily fall under the charm Pobedinskoe logic. For the same, Yes, it's often the Chinese themselves and like even China and about China — but invariably goes Hollywood, and the further, the more exact copies. And because I wonder: tone this set is not Hong Kong (Taiwan) renegades like Wong Kar Wai or ang Lee but the neither a court is the Director of the Communist party of China Zhang Yimou.

Early work Yimou that is not completely trustworthy son concisest broke into the world kinosita — silent — he settled on national Olympus, swept away with the feet of the riot of colors, the nakedness of emotion and otherworldly, enigmatic, and therefore doubly attractive by the charm really do not familiar civilizational context. In a furious expression "red Sorghum", psychedelic "red lantern", borisovschina "Hero" felt life pulse of the culture of the great and ancient, in compared chinoiseries them great Bertolucci (all of these past Buddha and little emperors) seemed to be escheated, stillborn. However, as the author bronzovel, centuries-old culture all noticeable washed out his films, giving place in Hollywood mindless piles of exotic props, visual synthetic and bloated as foam, melodrama. "The flowers of war" became the apotheosis of this approach.

Just say: Yimou Director to still by world reached. "The flowers of war" are the precious necklace of honed to perfection and perfectly, to the mirror smooth polished beads-episodes. Technically they all beautiful: who color angles. Steel monochrome studies and rigorous battles and sinister. Children's Shoe, picked up on the panel otkomandirovana city — touching. Cathedral kaleidoscope of stained glass, the state in pieces, appeals to the angels. Silk rustle spawn, vicious multicolor. Christian bale to go beard, and the robe. If it was about the Opera, boldly you would say Yimou has delivered another of his masterpiece. Here just not talking about Opera, and one of the most tragic episodes in the history of the twentieth century. About still alive national pain. About the atrocities at the scale comparable with the Holocaust. About the cynicism and impunity of the culprit to still not recognized, not the Cathedral mourned artistic means not meaningful. Actually being the first cineastes have had the opportunity to tell the world about what happened in Nanking in ' 37, Yimou why not found own words, not just resorting to niebanalna of the Hollywood cliches, but he fashioned from all your story — from the beginning to the end. The result came out to the extent of counterfeit that wonder didn't mean to do was this done? For example, the Japanese officer hiding inside fanatic for a highly cultured facade music lover — not a parody if he wandering from one Western Kinopalace in another obersteuermann and standarten-Fuhrer SS, let the tears on "Flight of the Valkyries"? Or a persistent focus on the virginity of the heroine, the loss of which in the film is almost equal to the loss of independence of China — not an insult if it's over the Christian cult of innocence, in General altogether alien to Asians? Finally, the imposture of an American mortician (!), called himself a priest (!!!) — doesn't hold if it yourself hint monopoly messianism, has you-know-who? However, I probably dig too deep. Most likely Yimou just took a course on the production of cultural goods for mass — quite the gracious spirit of their homeland, have long flooded the world consumer goods material. Its something China will not go: according to view the above Poprishchin, he — under the feathers of any Turkey. And best Moon — she is still in Hamburg...

Cthrine Guglielmo
30 June 2015 | 09:15

Looking at high ratings and the vast majority of positive reviews on this film, in General, long thought — see ABO I did not watch the movie. Here you and interesting themes, and a big-name Director, which is not repeatedly awarded for the prestigious European film festivals, in General, all spoke in favor of this Chinese film. And how it was bitter to the soul when it turns out that is actually the positive feedback and rating — the bluff, and the film is something called a pacifier in beautiful wrapper.

When the Russians, the Chinese, the Swedes, the Japanese, the Mexicans, right in fact, the representatives of any nation, trying to copy Hollywood techniques — it is not what would be shabby, but at least the second time. This is done all for one purpose — money, money and again money. And because the Russian (original), and Asian any other movie has its own unique style, which emphasizes the national character and any idea or the mood of society. But people's interested — why think about serious things, when we then on the way another overpriced fancy a movie? The more such a Hollywood star in the lead role!

This, incidentally, is a separate topic for conversation. Really don't know how Christian bale got for this movie, but the fact of the invitation of the Hollywood star (and not anyhow how, and star-class) to the film, which takes place on the background is terrible for the Chinese event, says a lot. What all initially, big-budget substitute for, aims to cut the money from the audience, whose name is bound to attract the handsome bale. When I not how much detract from his merit — he really cool and no wonder reaping laurels. In this film, despite what he then obviously a foreign element, Christian looks good.

But the imitated and the imitation of Hollywood — not the only problem of the film. "The flowers of war" belongs to that category of movie that's trying to squeeze out of the viewer's tear, pity, compassion, when it does so straightforward, absurd and not interested, the right word, amazed, because the topic is quite fertile for good, through the tears, the drama. And drama it here and a cat laugh. Rather it is, but it was too clichéd. From the abundance of cliches movie to watch banal uninteresting and boring. Half of the dialogues and scenes can be safely cut — in terms of plot you absolutely nothing to lose.

In the end we get a mediocre movie, but with a beautiful picture. Look at your own risk — nor in no way get a lot of positive feedback and rating.

5 from 10

Carolee Lipkin
19 November 2013 | 07:11

The film has touched me as much as long have nothing raised.

In the beginning there was a feeling that would be boring, what glimpses of Chinese and Japanese, the monastery. And here emerges the story. My favorite, but in the beginning such a negative hero of the bale, trying to figure out what he can make good. Then you realize that. As he transformirovalsya in a compassionate other person. Since the middle of the movie every other scene evoked tears, heartfelt emotions when trying only imagine all the hard experiences of these people.

In the end I cried, as like me someone died. Bitterly. And not just a "tearful movie", it for the movie all that touching really!

I recommend all film, story, actors, photography.

Of 10 10.

How much has The Flowers of War made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $2,855,644.
How much did it cost to make The Flowers of War?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $94,000,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Flowers of War?
This tv-show was directed by Yimou Zhang.
What is the genre of The Flowers of War?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Drama, History, Romance.
Who starred in The Flowers of War?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang, Xiting Han.
What is The Flowers of War IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 7.6.
When was The Flowers of War released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2011-12-16.