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First Poster For Zhang Yimou’s Christian Bale-Starring ‘The Flowers of War’

Written by on September 25, 2011 

Our interest in Zhang Yimou‘s The Flowers of War was already high, but some extra confidence can be gained from China’s decision to submit it for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Strange how the lead of the potential winner is Christian Bale, one of the biggest mainstream actors working today. Strange and awesome.

Anyway, the first poster has shown up at RecentMoviePosters (via FirstShowing), showing off the lovely design of a Chinese woman’s clothing, as well as an unusual expression on Bale‘s face. Look, I’m no expert when it comes to designing posters, but if you’re going to have your star on the poster, as you probably should, don’t choose that picture; it looks like a set photo above all else, and not even a good one at that. This doesn’t diminish my excitement for the movie — it just leaves me a little confused.

Take a look below:


In 1937, Nanjing stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. Inspired by true life events, and starring Christian Bale as an American trapped in the middle of battle, The Flowers of War follows the epic journey of John (Bale) and 13 courtesans as they seek refuge in a church compound together with a group of innocent schoolgirls from the church.

Struggling to survive the violence and persecution brought on by the ruthless Japanese army, an act of heroism leads the group to fight back and risk their lives for the sake of everyone. Through treacherous surroundings and facing unimaginable evil, The Flowers of War manages to tell a genuine story of hope, love and sacrifice. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together. Starring Academy Award winner Christian Bale (The Fighter), The Flowers of War is written and directed by Yimou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers).

The Flowers of War is expected to open around Christmas.

What are your thoughts on this poster?

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