A true story about the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanjing.
Inspired by true life events, The Flowers of War tells a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice. Set in 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China’s capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Haufman (Christian Bale), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen hookers, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls.
The $90 million The Flowers of War – which is half in English and half in Chinese (Nanjing dialect) – is adapted from Geling Yan’s historical novel 13 Flowers of Nanjing. And is the first major film from brand new indie studio Wreckin Hill.
If you recall, Christian Bale accepting his 2011 Oscar for The Fighter, in scruffy beard, it was because he was immersed in the role of the character in this movie at the time.