OCU Film Institute Presents Zhang Yimou's "The Flowers of War"
10/7/2012, The Flowers of War, Zhang Yimou, China(2011), 141
Kerr McGee Auditorium
From one of the greatest living directorsâ??three Academy Award nominationsâ??Zhang Yimou creates a moving story set in 1937 China during the Sino-Japanese war. A mortician, played by Christian Bale, arrives in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he must confront his own identity. Nominated by China for their 2012 Academy Award entry, The Flowers Of War shows Zhangâ??s vivid visual style. He remains one of the most popular directors in the Film Instituteâ??s history.