An international trailer for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers Of War, China’s official entry for this year’s Oscars, has made its way online (via ONTD). The film centers around the Nanking Massacre of 1937 when thousands of civilians were murdered by the invading Japanese troops. Christian Bale stars John Haufman, an American priest who sheltered schoolgirls and prostitutes from the slaughter. The film was shot on a $90 million budget, making it one of the most expensive film made in China to date.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel this trailer was badly put together and just a collection of melodramatic shots with very little in terms of telling us what the story is about. Nonetheless, this looks to be quite impressive visually and let’s not forget that Zhang Yimou is a well respected director with a solid track record including two Oscar nominations.
No U.S. release date has been set yet but expect a distributor to pick it up for a limited run at some point or another. Check out the trailer below: