The Flowers of War

January 20th 2012
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 141 min,
  • Wrekin Hill
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Zhang Xinyi, Huang Tianyuan, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi, Cao Kefan, Paul Schneider, Ni Ni, Shawn Dou, Yuan Nie, Bai Xue, Takashi Yamanaka, Hai-Bo Huang
  • Director: Yimou Zhang
  • Writers: Heng Liu, Geling Yan
  • Producer: Weiping Zhang
  • Executive Producers: Chaoying Deng, William Kong, David Linde, Leo Shi Young
  • Costume Designs: William Chang, Graciela Maz√≥n
  • D.O.P.: Xiaoding Zhao
  • Editor: Peicong Meng
  • Makeup: Xiaohai Yang
  • Music: Qigang Chen
  • Production Design: Yohei Taneda
  • Set Decoration: Yoshihito Akatsuka


In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honour.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Nanjing, China
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images, and brief strong language
  • Production Budget: $94 million
  • Production Companies: Beijing New Picture Film Co., EDKO Film, New Picture Company
  • Production Schedule: January 10th 2011 - June 2011

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 December 2011: China
  • 19 January 2012: Hong Kong
  • 24 February 2012: Canada
  • 29 March 2012: Singapore