• Movie: The Flowers of War
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Dec 16, 2011
  • Duration: 2 hr. 26 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 461 users)
  • Ranked: #458
  • Popularity: #3099
  • Watchers: 988

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Ratings: 8.4/10 from 461 users
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In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John (Christian Bale) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor.

~~ A co-production with Hong Kong.
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  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Dec 16, 2011
  • Duration: 2 hr. 26 min.
  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 461 users)
  • Ranked: #458
  • Popularity: #3099
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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14 people found this review helpful
Jan 6, 2014
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
This movie was beautiful. It was dark and honest.The acting was amazing and I admit to crying more than once. I felt a closeness to just about every character and longed for a happy ending for all of them. This film captured every feeling so well and somehow amidst all the sadness there was so much beauty.
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Jan 23, 2018
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Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
Like  the Holocaust carried out by the German army for the people of the  Jewish race during World War II, massacres and mass rapes committed by  the Japanese army to the city of Nanking of China, better known as the  Massacre of Nanking in 1937, has been object of narrative for this amazing movie! The  story of "The Flowers of War" itself is told from the point of view of a  teenage girl named Shu (Zhang Xinyi), who was stuck in an invasion by  the Japanese army in the city of Nanking - which was then the state  capital Chinese  - in 1937. Along with friends, his friend, a Catholic school student,  Shu took refuge in a church called Winchester Cathedral. Homing  with them in the church is a US citizen makeup artist, John Miller  (Christian Bale), as well as a group of fun women from a brothel located  on the Qin Hai River and known as the first-rate entertainer. Not  bad, but the director should be able to produce a story more effective,  more emotional and more powerful for the history of this film. Still,  with the support of production arrangements and the emergence of a  series of powerful elements and acting department, "The Flowers of War"  can still act as a quite shocking historical drama.

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