MOVIE SYNOPSIS
The Flowers of War (Jin ling shi san chai)


The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl's point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic Church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.
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Flowers of War

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BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com215-854-5992

    MPAA rating:
    R
    for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language
    Cast:
    Paul Schneider; Christian Bale; Shigeo Kobayashi
    Directed by:
    Yimou Zhang
    Genre:
    Drama
    Running time:
    02:21
    Release date:
    2012
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