China | 2011
Zhang Yimou
Programme date: 16.01.2013
Programme time: 19.30

The Flowers of War is adapted from Geling Yan's historical novel "13 Flowers of Nanjing." Set in 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China's capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Miller, an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle, and the ensuing occupation, takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls. Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone.

2012 Asian Film Awards - Best Newcomer: Ni Ni
2012 Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Foreign Feature

Director Biography
Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou, one of the most admired China's filmmakers in the world, was born in 1950 in Xian, China. He graduated in the fifth class of the Beijing Film Academy in 1982. He is versatile artist who proved himself in numerous films as director, scriptwriter, producer, cinematographer and even as an actor.

Zhang Yimou has received multiple honors as a director. He is the first Chinese filmmaker to receive American Motion Picture Academy recognition, being nominated for Academy Awards Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category for Ju Dou in 1990, Raise the Red Lantern in 1991, and Hero in 2003. Zhang has earned numerous top honors, including the Silver Lion for Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and Golden Lions for The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) and for Not One Less (1999) at the Venice Film Festival; the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for To Live (1994); the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for The Road Home (1999) and the Alfred Bauer Prize for Hero (2003). After Hero, Zhang Yimou directed House of Flying Daggers (2004) and, in 2006, Curse of the Gold Flower - the costliest costume drama ever made in China, which delighted critics and audience.

In 2008, he was a director of the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing.

Zhang Yimou

Liu Heng (based on novel 13 Flowers of Nanjing by Geling Yan)

Director of photography:
Zhao Xiaoding

Film Editing:
Peicong Meng

William Kong, David Linde, Zhang Weiping, Chaoying Deng

Production Companies:
EDKO Film, Beijing New Picture Film, New Picture Company

Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe