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The Flowers Of War (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region All

Christian Bale (Actor) | Zhang Yimou (Director) | Ni Ni (Actor) | Watabe Atsuro (Actor)
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After a couple of smaller films, influential China director Zhang Yimou (Hero) is back with an epic production. His latest work, the powerful historical war drama The Flowers of War has attracted unprecedented worldwide attention for a Chinese film, due in part to the casting of Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale (The Dark Knight). Budgeted at approximately US$100 million, the most expensive Chinese film ever managed to recoup its hefty cost at the local box office alone, and the success wasn't limited to home soil. Zhang's rousing tale of redemption and self-sacrifice has also been favored internationally; its critical recognition included a Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Golden Globe Awards. Besides a gripping story, stunning war scenes, and lush period details, one of the most acclaimed aspects of the film is the introduction of a group of fresh new actors, most notably female lead Ni Ni, who had received two years of vigorous training in preparation for the production.

Adapted from the novel by renowned writer Yan Geling, The Flowers of War tells a deeply affecting story set during the tragic Nanjing Massacre in 1937, when the then-capital of China was brutally torn apart by the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the few places yet to be taken by the invaders is a Catholic cathedral, where a group of teenaged convent schoolgirls resides. Also seeking shelter there is an American mortician named John Miller (Christian Bale), followed by fourteen courtesans from the local brothel led by Yumo (Ni Ni), as well as Chinese soldier Li (Tong Dawei) and his wounded comrade. Their temporary and uneasy peace in the sacred sanctuary is soon shattered by the arrival of the Japanese army. Under the most harrowing circumstances, it's the desperate low-lives who rise to the occasion in an extraordinary display of bravery...

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Product Title: The Flowers Of War (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version) 金陵十三釵 (2011) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 金陵十三钗 (2011) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) 金陵十三釵 (2011) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) The Flowers Of War (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Christian Bale (Actor) | Ni Ni (Actor) | Watabe Atsuro (Actor) | Paul Schneider (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Deng Li (Actor) | Bai Xue (Actor) | Cao Ke Fan (Actor) | Gu Xuan (Actor) | Kobayashi Shigeo (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yi (Actor) | Huang Tian Yuan (Actor) | Han Xi Ting (Actor) | Zhang Dou Dou (Actor) | Yuan Yang Chun Zi (Actor) | Sun Jia (Actor) | Li Yue-Min (Actor) | Yamanaka Takashi (Actor) | Li Chun (Actor) | Zhou Meng Qiao (Actor) | Qian Liu Yin (Actor) | Zhou Yu (Actor) | Su Xiao Mei (Actor) 基斯頓 比爾 (Actor) | 倪妮 (Actor) | 渡部篤郎 (Actor) | Paul Schneider (Actor) | 佟 大為 (Actor) | 鄧莉 (Actor) | 白雪 (Actor) | 曹可凡 (Actor) | 顧璇 (Actor) | 小林成男 (Actor) | 張 歆怡 (Actor) | 黃 天元 (Actor) | 韓 熙庭 (Actor) | 張 逗逗 (Actor) | 袁楊純子 (Actor) | 孫 佳 (Actor) | 李 玥敏 (Actor) | 山中崇 (Actor) | 李 純 (Actor) | 周 夢喬 (Actor) | 錢 柳吟 (Actor) | 周 羽 (Actor) | 蘇 小妹 (Actor) 基斯顿 比尔 (Actor) | 倪妮 (Actor) | 渡部笃郎 (Actor) | Paul Schneider (Actor) | 佟 大为 (Actor) | 邓莉 (Actor) | 白雪 (Actor) | 曹可凡 (Actor) | 顾璇 (Actor) | 小林成男 (Actor) | 张 歆怡 (Actor) | 黄 天元 (Actor) | 韩 熙庭 (Actor) | 张 逗逗 (Actor) | 袁杨纯子 (Actor) | 孙 佳 (Actor) | 李 玥敏 (Actor) | 山中崇 (Actor) | 李 纯 (Actor) | 周 梦乔 (Actor) | 钱 柳吟 (Actor) | 周 羽 (Actor) | 苏 小妹 (Actor) Christian Bale (Actor) | 倪妮 (ニー・ニー) (Actor) | 渡部篤郎 (Actor) | Paul Schneider (Actor) | 佟大為 (トン・ダーウェイ) (Actor) | Deng Li (Actor) | Bai Xue (Actor) | Cao Ke Fan (Actor) | Gu Xuan (Actor) | 小林成男 (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yi (Actor) | Huang Tian Yuan (Actor) | Han Xi Ting (Actor) | Zhang Dou Dou (Actor) | Yuan Yang Chun Zi (Actor) | Sun Jia (Actor) | Li Yue-Min (Actor) | Yamanaka Takashi (Actor) | Li Chun (Actor) | Zhou Meng Qiao (Actor) | Qian Liu Yin (Actor) | Zhou Yu (Actor) | Su Xiao Mei (Actor) 크리스찬 베일 (Actor) | Ni Ni (Actor) | Watabe Atsuro (Actor) | Paul Schneider (Actor) | Tong Da Wei (Actor) | Deng Li (Actor) | Bai Xue (Actor) | Cao Ke Fan (Actor) | Gu Xuan (Actor) | Kobayashi Shigeo (Actor) | Zhang Xin Yi (Actor) | Huang Tian Yuan (Actor) | Han Xi Ting (Actor) | Zhang Dou Dou (Actor) | Yuan Yang Chun Zi (Actor) | Sun Jia (Actor) | Li Yue-Min (Actor) | Yamanaka Takashi (Actor) | Li Chun (Actor) | Zhou Meng Qiao (Actor) | Qian Liu Yin (Actor) | Zhou Yu (Actor) | Su Xiao Mei (Actor)
Director: Zhang Yimou 張藝謀 张艺谋 張藝謀(チャン・イーモウ) 장이모우
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2012-06-22
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 146 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (Taiwan) Co. Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030966975

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導演:張藝謀

  1937年的南京在日軍的肆虐下,滿目瘡痍、哀鴻遍野;僅有一座天主教堂未被攻陷佔領。女學生、秦淮河畔風塵女子、厭厭一息的傷兵、和一位禮儀師--約翰,紛紛躲進教堂躲避日軍的殘殺。 然而教堂終究被日軍攻破,清純的女學生被喪盡天良的日軍發現,還好國軍在暗處保護,女學生們才未失去寶貴的貞操!

  但某日,日軍首領要求女學生在慶功會上表演餘興節目,但誰都知道,女學生此去必定慘遭凌辱糟蹋。此時貌美風騷的秦淮河風塵女子們,決定挺身而出,代替女學生赴宴…

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Professional Review of "The Flowers Of War (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

June 22, 2012

This professional review refers to The Flowers Of War (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The Flowers of War has been one of the most hyped Chinese films for some time, and with good reason. Boasting a budget of around US$100 million, marking it as the most expensive Chinese production to date, the film sees the return of Hero helmer Zhang Yimou to the blockbuster form, following up his quieter Under the Hawthorn Tree and A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop with a historical World War II drama epic. Flowers is also notable for being one of the very few Asian films to feature a proper, Oscar-winning western actor in a lead role, in this case Christian Bale, star of the extremely popular Dark Knight series. Unsurprisingly, this led to a fair amount of international interest, and the high profile film has gone down well with audiences and critics around the world, much more so than other recent commercial Chinese efforts, even garnering a Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Golden Globe Awards.

Based on a novel by author Yan Geling, the film is set against a backdrop of the infamous 1937 Nanjing Massacre during the Japanese invasion of China, following Bale as John Miller, a mortician hired to bury a priest at the city's Winchester Cathedral. Arriving to find he is no longer needed, the drunk Miller nevertheless demands to be paid, and plans to stay the night before leaving in the morning, ignoring the pleas of altar boy George (Huang Tianyuan) to rescue the teenage convent school girls hiding there. On the same day, a group of courtesans from the local brothel also arrive seeking shelter, including the beautiful Yu Mo (newcomer Ni Ni), who tries to seduce him and solicit his help in getting them all out of the city. Meanwhile, with only a lone Chinese soldier, Major Li (Tong Dawei, Treasure Inn) protecting the cathedral, the Japanese army turn up, the apparently cultured Colonel Hasegawa (Watabe Atsuro, Zebraman) asking to hear the girls sing.

Kicking off with an intense, Saving Private Ryan style battle scene, filled with dusty destruction and soldiers being bloodily cut down by bullets, it's immediately clear that The Flowers of War is a major departure for Zhang Yimou from his last couple of films. Zhang though is no stranger to bombastic material, and he handles the action well, before the film shifts gears and settles into following Bale, the girls and the prostitutes in the cathedral. The film does bear the unmistakable mark of his direction throughout, with some sumptuous visuals and a gorgeous use of colours. Zhang uses this to focus on contrasts, between the bright stained glass windows and the garishly beautiful clothes of the women, and the grey ruin of the city outside, the film featuring many of his usual slow motion close-ups and near-fetishisation of details. The film's visuals also make for a fair amount of obvious, though effective symbolism, particularly in its frequent overlaying of the Japanese Imperial flag and that of the Red Cross, and this does lend it a certain artistry. Though at times this results in a rather odd mix, the film switching between being highly stylised and gruesomely gritty, overall the approach works well, Zhang's penchant for the grandiose being tempered enough to fit the material and to make for compelling viewing.

Crucially, the film also sees Zhang improving somewhat as a storyteller, an area in which past outings such as House of Flying Daggers have seen him struggle. Primarily a character piece at heart, the film benefits from a satisfying script from original novelist Yan Geling and Liu Heng, which wisely never puts too much focus on Bale's westerner, despite the obvious temptation to use him as an easy way into the story for international audiences. Narrated by one of the young girls called Shu (Zhang Xinyi), the film is well structured, and divides its time between its various groups, gradually and rewardingly exploring their differences and growing bonds. With themes of redemption and sacrifice top of the menu, the film is unsurprisingly hard going and depressing at times, though is thankfully moving in heartfelt rather than overly melodramatic fashion and never strives too hard to hammer home its outrage and sadness. While it never manages the powerful depth and subtlety of Lu Chuan's 2009 masterpiece City Of Life And Death, being content to demonise its Japanese villains, it does at least shy away from the kind of nationalism or propagandist rhetoric that would be detracted from the power of its human story.

The presence of Bale gives the film a definite boost, at least in comparison to most other Asian productions which feature western "actors" who appear to have been dragged in off the street. Anchoring, though not overwhelming the film with a decent performance, he successfully manages to make Miller a convincing and eventually likeable figure, and though his journey from greedy drunk to father figure is entirely predictable, it still holds the interest. Zhang again shows himself a director very comfortable working with women, and the film largely belongs to its female characters, in particular to up and coming actress Ni Ni, who does very well as Yo Mo, making her far more than eastern eye candy exoticism, her relationship with Miller emerging as genuine and touching. While the supporting cast largely remain in the background, most of the actresses are suitably sympathetic, and both Tong Dawei and Watabe Atsuro are perfectly respectable in their roles.

This all adds up to make The Flowers of War one of the best Chinese wartime epics of recent years, and a solid return to blockbuster film making for Zhang Yimou. Though a bit long at nearly two and a half hours, it's a powerful and harrowing piece of cinema, and whilst not adding much to what has already been said in other films, it's well made, written and acted.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Flowers Of War (2011) (Blu-ray) (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10 (2)

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December 12, 2014

This customer review refers to The Flowers Of War (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Far-fetched, poor...and plagiarised? Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
Yes beautifully shot in many ways, but mostly pretty poor.

Sorry James Mudge, BUT...

The story-line of Christian Bale being an American mortician roaming seemingly unconcerned around 1937 war-torn Nanking looking for a priest's corpse to bury while the city is being engulfed, raped and destroyed all around him with 200,000 other corpses strewn around that also need burying I found quite absurd. Christian Bale's acting was miserable and mediocre at best. The scene with him hiding in a steel boiler with 2 terrified schoolgirls and him babbling in English, laughing and making stupid jokes with the Japanese all around and searching for them was ridiculous. His lines are lame and he looks like he's acting half-heartedly in a bad school play. From a greedy, drunken idiot unwashed mortician he becomes a scrubbed priest, a saint and a hero in one instant. Hallelujah! Last, using his profound mortician skills he makeovers a bunch of hookers into 14 year old schoolgirls who easily fool the Japanese, making idiots of the Japanese High command who never pursue him: Ezy-pezy, Japanezy! Please!! And why did we need an unbelievable Christian Bale at all in this unbelievable movie? For the American audience, of course.

If all this nonsense is not enough, the story itself seems to be plagiarised from Pearl S. Buck's book, "Dragon Seed, China at War" written about 1942. Quote:"In one chapter, Buck describes Chinese girls - students and prostitutes - hiding in a missionary controlled school. When Japanese soldiers demand girls, the prostitutes offer themselves to save the young student girls."... Did you acknowledge Pearl Buck, Zhang Yimou? One star for this alone!

Two far better films on the subject is the mostly factual 'Escape From Huang Shi', aka 'The Children of Huang Shi', and the amazing TRUE story 'QIXIA TEMPLE 1937', if you can find it. No need for American morticians in this one.
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2 people found this review helpful

REALLY GOOD! AND REALLY SAD! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
One of the best film this year! It is really sad. It's a story you won't forget at all!

The story is set in during the Nanjing Massacre. A group of young chinese convent girls runs away from the Japanese soldiers and were luckily safe back inside their church. A random American mortician guy comes by to the church to bury their dead Father. Another group of prostitutes comes inside the church too. All of them are stuck in the church and wants to leave Nanjing as possible, but with Japanese soldiers roaming around the city, it was impossible for them. Some girls were shot down, some girls were about to be used by the horrible Japanese soldiers, two woman did got used, and many of them had to sacrifice themselves during the movie and in the end. The main people who were able to help the young convent girls were the American guy (better prefer as westerners in the film) & the prostitutes. Luckily, the American guy and the young convent girls were saved, except for the others because they had to sacrifice themselves. A sad tragic, yet happy ending too.

The movie will make you emotional, sad, and cry for all of the characters in the movie. It makes you feel like you're in that moment with all of the people in that city. It must of been really scary. What a sad tragic the Chinese people in Nanjing had to go through. The soundtrack for this movie was also really good too and bends in with the movie a lot.

Recommend this movie a lot!
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