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The Flowers of War

The Flowers of War


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China's most expensive movie, and entry into the Oscars, is set during the Rape of Nanking, when the Japanese overran and slaughtered 300 000 Chinese, generally raping the women first. The story focuses on an American undertaker who seeks refuge in a cathedral, where he finds a group of schoolgirls. Not long after, a group of prostitutes sneak in, and hide in the basement. The local Japanese commander is impressed by the school girls' singing, and invites them to come and sing for all the officers. The girls realise this will be a one-way trip, and desperately try to find a way out of their predicament. In English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Shanghainese with English subtitles where necessary.


146 minutes, No persons under 18 (Language, Violence, Prejudice)
Drama, Period piece, War, On the art circuit

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Credits
Cast
Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang, Xiting Han , Doudou Zhang, Dawei TOng
Director
Yimou Zhang
ScreenplayHeng Liu, Geling Yan
MusicQigang Chen
CinematographyXiaoding Zhao
EditingPeicong Meng
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, Datasat
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2012
Produced byBeijing New Picture Film Co., EDKO Film, New Picture Company

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FPB Report (SA)
GenreWar, drama
LanguageModerate, strong, frequent
NudityNone
SexBrief, mildly implied, infrequent (without nudity)
ViolenceVery strong, realistic, prolonged with blood letting
PrejudiceModerate, infrequent, historical, justified by context
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseMild alcohol consumption and mild use of cigarette
CommentsNone
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
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International Media
Box Office (USA)Pete Hammond quote icon 15
Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert quote icon 10
Metacritic.com22 critics9
RottenTomatoes.com56 critics11
RottenTomatoes.comTomatometer8
Movie Review Query Engine (USA)MRQE critics quote icon 12
Movie Review Intelligence (USA)24 critics9
IMDB13138 Netizens quote icon 15
Average .. 50%10


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