The Flowers of War
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
Where's it showing?
Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang, Xiting Han , Doudou Zhang, Dawei TOng
|Screenplay||Heng Liu, Geling Yan|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, Datasat|
|Produced by||Beijing New Picture Film Co., EDKO Film, New Picture Company|
Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report
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|FPB Report (SA)|
|Language||Moderate, strong, frequent|
|Sex||Brief, mildly implied, infrequent (without nudity)|
|Violence||Very strong, realistic, prolonged with blood letting|
|Prejudice||Moderate, infrequent, historical, justified by context|
|Drug abuse||Mild alcohol consumption and mild use of cigarette|
|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.|
|South African Media|
|Cape Argus/The StarDiane de Beer ||5|
|Die BurgerFrancois Bloemhof ||10|
|Cape TimesTodd McCarthy ||5|
|Box Office (USA)Pete Hammond ||15|
|Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert ||10|
|Movie Review Query Engine (USA)MRQE critics ||12|
|Movie Review Intelligence (USA)24 critics||9|
|IMDB13138 Netizens ||15|
|Average .. 50%||10|
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