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China unveils rare star power of Oscar entry

(China Daily)

07:39, December 12, 2011

From left, actress Zhang Xinyi,Hollywood actor Christian Bale, director Zhang Yimou and actress Ni Ni at the premiere of The Flowers of War in Beijing on Sunday. The film is the mainland's entry for this year's best foreign-language film Academy Award. (Photo/China Daily)

BEIJING - Zhang Yimou, one of China's best-known directors, is banking on heartthrob Christian Bale to help boost the country's chances of winning an Oscar, with his latest film on a tragic chapter in the nation's history.

"The Flowers of War", China's Academy Award entry for best foreign language film, centres around a mortician (Bale) who gets caught up in the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and has to save a group of school girls from the clutches of the Japanese.

On the way he becomes involved with a high-class Chinese courtesan, finding both love and personal redemption.

The film, which hits Chinese screens on Friday followed a week later by a limited release in the United States, holds little back in its graphic depiction of the events of more than eight decades ago, a story everyone in China knows well.

"It's far more a movie about human beings and the nature of human beings' responses to crisis, and how that can reduce people to the most animalistic behaviour but also raise them up to the most honourable behaviour you could ever witness," said Bale.

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elee at 2011-12-12183.39.42.*
Well done, Bale! Best way to tell the western world and asian world is this tragic movie of fact & figure of the most barbaric war invented by the Japnanese imperial armed forces against China. NO more ever!!
dave chiu at 2011-12-12184.66.11.*
It is good to get the story out and let people know.

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