Movie Narrative: The Flowers of War (2011)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing its love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, The Flowers of War (2011), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she watches the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of The Flowers of War (2011), with some Hollywood facts. 
            The Flowers of War (2011) is rated R.  Furthermore, it is 2 hours and 26 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the drama, history and romance genre.  The official release date is December 16th, 2011.  The release date is for the Country of China.  Interestingly, this movie does have an original title.  The original title is, Jin ling shi san chai.  The director was Yimou Zhang.  The writers were Heng Liu and Geling Yan.  The officially recognized stars of The Flowers of War (2011); were Christian Bale, Ni Ni and Xinyi Zhang.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows: 
  • Christian Bale (John Miller).
  • Ni Ni (Yu Mo).
  • Xinyi Zhang (Shu).
  • Tianyuan Huang (George Chen).
  • Doudou Zhang (Ling).
  • Dawei Tong (Major Li).
  • Atsuro Watabe (Colonel Hasegawa).
  • Kefan Cao (Mr. Meng).
  • Yangchunzi Yuan (Mosquito).
  • Jia Sun (Hua).
  • Yuemin Li (Dou).
  • Bai Xue (Lan).
  • Takashi Yamanaka (Lieutenant Asakura).
  • Shigeo Kobayashi (Lieutenant Kato).
  • Xiting Han (Yi).

            The synopsis follows.  The Flowers of War (2011) is a historical drama story, out of the Country of China.  In December, of the year 1937, the Japanese Army makes a final push into the City of Nanking.  A mortician, and an American man, named John Miller; is in Nanking during this time.  Additionally, he is out on the streets, fighting to survive the take of the city.  Furthermore, he is also lost, and, looking for Winchester Cathedral.  John Miller is in Nanking, because, he was sent there to bury the priest.  This priest has recently died.  Winchester Cathedral, is also, the location of an orphanage.  The girls, and one boy, of the orphanage are also out on the streets; struggling to survive the take of the city.  By coincidence, Miller encounters two girls that were separated from the group.  By further coincidence, Miller begins to speak in English to the girls.  One of the girls talks back, in English.  A short time later, everyone returns to Winchester Cathedral.  Sometime after everyone has returned; a group of prostitutes from the nearby brothel, also, arrives at Winchester Cathedral searching for refuge.  Miller, the orphan boy, the orphan girls and the group of prostitutes become one large group.  The war outside becomes their lives inside, the cathedral.  From time to time, the war enters the walls of Winchester Cathedral, and, it has an impact on their lives.  Director, Yimou Zhang, does an exceptional job.  The story is simple, but, the events that occur have a lot of depth to them.  In other words, Director Zhang, adds a lot of depth to this movie.  The writers do an equally exceptional job.  All of the characters are well written.  Additionally, the interaction between the adult women, and the girls, is clever and well written.  The officially recognized stars contribute tremendously.  They would be missed, if they were not chosen.  Special recognition is merited to Christian Bale and Ni Ni, for their respective characters.  Overall, The Flowers of War (2011) earns the rating of 8 out of 10.
            The movie narrative of, The Flowers of War (2011), is as follows.  As context for this movie, in the year 1937, the Japanese Army successfully conquered the Chinese city, Shanghai.  The capital, Nanking is next on the list.  In Nanking, and under a military conquest, ordinary people are struggling and fighting for survival.  Children from a Roman Catholic Orphanage and Church, are on the streets struggling to survive.  A mortician, and an American man, named John Miller; is in Nanking during this time.  Additionally, he is out on the streets, fighting to survive the take of the city.  Miller is there to bury the Roman Catholic priest who died.  The story begins.  In December 1937, the Japanese Army successfully enters the City of Nanking.  Furthermore, they bombed for 20 days before, the final push into the city.  The girls from a Roman Catholic Orphanage, are on the streets running away from Japanese soldiers.  The Japanese soldiers see Miller on the streets, and, they start to fire their weapons at him.  The Japanese soldiers are chasing, and, killing everyone they see.  John Miller successfully escapes, the Japanese soldiers by hiding with two girls, from the orphanage.  These two girls were separated from the group.  They meet, or met each other, by coincidence.  Miller starts to talk to them, in English.  He tells them that, he is looking for Winchester Cathedral.  One of the girls replies in English that, they are from Winchester Cathedral.  Miller tells the girls that, he is here to bury Father Ingleman.  The Chinese soldiers who remain, start to fight the Japanese soldiers.  The Japanese soldiers counter the attack with tanks.  The Chinese soldiers use suicide bombers, in order, to counter the tanks.  It turns out that, the group of girls and the one boy, ran in a circle.  Additionally, they end up returning to the cathedral.  Miller and the two girls are already at the cathedral.  George shows Miller, where the body of Father Ingleman, used to be.  Apparently, a bomb exploded in the area, and, the body disappeared.  George speaks English.  George and Miller, pass time in Father Ingleman’s room.  George wants Miller to fix a truck, so that, they can escape the city.  Outside the gate doors, a group of prostitutes attempts to enter the cathedral.  All of the adult women, or prostitutes, are from the same brothel.  George answers the knocking on the gate door, but, he doesn’t let them enter.  The adult women climb the wall instead, and, they open the gate door.  The prostitutes are also known as, the women of the Qin Huai River.  Everyone starts to pass time.  Miller and George start to make bread.  Yu Mo is the adult woman, or prostitute, who can speak English.  Miller has a romantic interest in Yu Mo, and, he attempts to seduce her.  Miller and Yu Mo, pass the time in Father Ingleman’s room.  Miller attempts to pay for sex, but, Yu Mo refuses.  Furthermore, Yu Mo wants Miller to lead the escape, out of the city.  A Chinese soldier enters with a wounded soldier.  The healthy Chinese soldier wants his friend, to die in a warm place.  The wounded soldier is still alive, and, he is left there to die with the prostitutes.  Yu Mo talks to the Chinese soldier, before he leaves the cathedral.  Miller sees them talking, and, he feels jealous.  Furthermore, he starts an incident with Yu Mo; he grabs her and attempts to kiss her.  The Chinese soldier grabs Miller and throws him down.  The Chinese soldier leaves, without further incident.  The girls have a fight, with the adult women over use of the bathroom.  During the fight, a Japanese sniper kills the girl, who was fighting the adult woman.  The Japanese soldiers, officially, start a take of the cathedral.  The Japanese soldiers successfully take the cathedral, and, they start to collect the girls.  The adult women and George, successfully hide.  Miller pretends to be the priest of the cathedral.  Furthermore, he attempts to stop the Japanese soldiers, who are collecting the girls.  It was an incredibly difficult task to do.  The Japanese kill one more girl, in the process.  Major Li, the Chinese soldier, is still in the area.  Additionally, he kills two Japanese soldiers, who are inside the cathedral.  During this time, Major Li also fights a battle against them.  Ultimately, Major Li dies fighting the Japanese soldiers.  Order is restored, when a Japanese officer arrives.  Miller continues to pretend that, he is a priest.  The Japanese officer tells Miller that, he will return to hear the girls sing.  Miller buries the two girls, who died.  A Chinese man, who is working for the Japanese, visits his daughter.  The daughter is one of the orphan girls.  The man speaks English, and, he talks to Miller about taking his daughter out of the city.  Additionally, Miller asks for a list of tools, so that, he can fix a truck that is at the cathedral.  Furthermore; the man tells Miller that, a permit is needed, to be able to, leave the city.  Miller and Yu Mo, pass time talking.  Yu Mo tells Miller that, she was an orphanage girl.  The wounded Chinese soldier, finally dies.  Two adult women, Dou and Lan, escape to the brothel.  They left to go get some things that, they left behind.  The adult women ask Miller, to go find them.  There are Japanese soldiers guarding the entrance to the cathedral.  Miller pretends to be a priest, and, he leaves to look for the women.  George insists, and, he goes following Miller.  On the streets, Miller meets a friend he knows.  The man, is now working for the Japanese.  Dou and Lan arrive at the brothel, and, they find their things.  On the streets, there are Japanese soldiers chasing a group of women.  Accidentally, Dou and Lan become part of that chase.  Furthermore, they are chased back to the brothel.  Lan is killed by the Japanese soldiers.  Dou jumps into the river, in an attempt to escape.  Unfortunately, she is captured by the Japanese soldiers.  Additionally, she is tied to a chair, and, raped by several soldiers.  During one act of rape, Dou bites the ear of the soldier.  The Japanese soldier, in turn, repeatedly stabs her to death.  Miller and George arrive at the brothel.  They see everything, and, quickly return to the cathedral.  Mr. Meng, the Chinese man, returns with the tools that Miller asked for.  Additionally, he gives Miller a permit, so that, he can escape the city.  Furthermore, he tells Miller that, he cannot complete his plan of escaping the city with his daughter.  Miller and George, fix the truck.  The Japanese officer returns, and, the girls sing for them.  Miller pretends to be the priest of the cathedral.  One of the adult women is seen by the Japanese.  The girls pretend that, she is another girl of the orphanage; who couldn’t participate in the singing performance.  The Japanese officer tells Miller that, they are taking the girls, the next day.  The girls are going to sing at a celebration.  Unfortunately, the adult woman is counted, as being part of the group.  The adult woman refuses to go, the next day.  The time becomes awkward, and, everyone passes awkward time.  The girls attempt to commit suicide, by jumping off the bell tower.  Miller, and the adult women, get there fast and stop them from jumping.  Furthermore, the adult women tell the girls that, they will go in their place to the Japanese celebration.  Everyone agrees that, the adult women will replace the girls.  The adult women prepare, and, ready their clothes.  Miller cuts, and, prepares their hair.  Unfortunately, the group is one girl, or woman, short.  George volunteers to go dressed as a woman.  Miller makes George a wig, so that, he can go.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, The Flowers of War (2011), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The countries of origin are China and Hong Kong.  The official languages are Mandarin, English, Japanese and Shanghainese.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates are:  China, December 11, 2011 (Beijing, Premiere); U.S.A., January 20, 2012 (Limited Release) and Germany, February 13, 2012 (Berlin International Film Festival).  There is box office data, for this feature film.  The original budget is estimated at, $94 million USD.  The opening weekend is for the United States of America, and, it occurred on January 20, 2012.  On its opening weekend, this movie made $48,558 dollars.  This movie is closed in theaters on July 28, 2012.  The gross profits, that are reported, are $95,000,000 USD.  The production companies are Beijing New Picture Film Co., Edko Films and New Picture Company.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Some of the distributors include the following; E1 Films Canada (Canada), Row 1 Entertainment (U.S.A.), Wrekin Hill Entertainment (U.S.A.), Falcom Media (Germany), Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (UK), Lionsgate Home Entertainment (U.S.A.) and Reel DVD (Australia). 
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was The Flowers of War (2011).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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