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Zhang Yimou’s 'The Flowers of War' previewed in Toronto
Toronto met Nanking this week when twenty minutes of footage from Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s "The Flowers of War," starring starring Oscar winner Christian Bale, was unspooled at the prestigious Toronto Film Fest for potential U.S. distributors.
Previously titled "Heroes of Nanking," the fact-based film is set in war-torn 1937 Nanking, where an American named John Haufman (Bale) takes refuge in a church, and joins up with a disparate group of civilians including young schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans. Together, they attempt to escape the oncoming Japanese war machine.
The film was produced by Zhang Weiping and executive produced by David Linde and Chaoying Deng.
Zhang previously directed "House of Flying Daggers" and "Hero."
Bale picked up an Oscar for 2010's "The Fighter;" he'll soon reprise his role as Batman in next year's "The Dark Knight Rises."
"Flowers of War" will have its world premiere in Beijing on December 16.