Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.
Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said "The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.
"The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast."
'Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.' The Guardian
'As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal.' Empire
Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni
Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer
Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film
Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor - Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress - Ni Ni
Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit
Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress - Ni Ni
Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay
Critic Reviews'What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived.' Sight and Sound 'An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.' Daily Telegraph UK 'A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.' Variety
AwardsAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012 Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Writing - Jeff Nichols Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain Winner of the Austin Film Award - Jeff Nichols Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award- Jessica Chastain Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize - Jeff Nichols Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week - Jeff Nichols Winner of the SACD Award - Jeff Nichols New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011 Winner NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain New York Film Critics, Online 2011 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Breakthrough Performance - Jessica Chastain Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain
"My Accomplice is an enjoyable little story that bimbles along quite pleasantly and leaves one generally pleased for having watched it.” Eye for Film.
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2014. Nominee for the best British feature film.