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.
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.
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.