Excerpt: The Flowers Of War is a historical drama starring Christian Bale. It is a fictionalized portrayal of very real events that took place in 1937 while Japanese soldiers occupied the Chinese capitol, Nanking. Widely known as the Nanking Massacre or the Rape of Nanking, it is one of the darkest moments in modern Chinese history, where some estimates believe 300,000 Chinese people were massacred.
Conclusion: 'The Flowers of War' is a stirring, emotionally powerful film about sacrifice and compassion in the face of despair. Director Zhang Yimou constructs a visually beautiful, visceral experience that is both elegant and chaotic. Disturbing and heartfelt, the movie's drama is potent and inspirational. The video is exceptional, showcasing all of the impressive cinematography, and the audio mix is demo worthy with its aggressive kick and nuanced design.
Conclusion: The Flowers of War is a huge film, and that may be one of its chief flaws. At almost two and a half hours long, it feels bloated at times, and that humongous feeling isn't helped by a middling performance by Christian Bale at its center. However, the rest of the film tends to work rather well, especially with regard to the kids, who are marvelous, and the general story, which manages to work up to some considerable heartstring tugging by the final act.
Excerpt: The actual extent of the Nanking Massacre remains a contentious subject between China and Japan, with the latter claiming that the rape, torture, and slaughter of civilians during its 1937 invasion of the Chinese capital has been exaggerated, while the former says records were deliberately destroyed to downplay the victims’ numbers.
Summary: The Flowers Of War fortæller om en beskidt krigshandling og har for så vidt en reel historie at fortælle. Det fungerede bare slet ikke for mig, hvilket primært må tilskrives instruktørens måde at lave film på...