These two international posters have been unleashed online for Zhang Yimou’s Christian Bale-starring drama ‘The Flowers of War.’ I’ve got exceptionally high hopes for this film, Christian Bale is one my favourite actors and Yimou’s films – which include ‘House Of Flying Daggers,’ ‘Curse of the Golden Flower,’ ‘Hero,’ ‘Not One Less’ and ‘The Story Of Qui Ju’ – are continually mesmerizing and visually stunning. Based on a screenplay by Heng Liu (Assembly, The Story of Qiu Ju) and adapted by Geling Yan’s historical novel, the film is approximately 40% in English and 60% in Mandarin. ‘The Flowers of War’ has been scheduled a December 16th release in China, look out for this film December 2011 in the US, and early 2012 in the UK through FilmNation.

Inspired by true life events, ’The Flowers of War’ tells a genuine story of hope and sacrifice. 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 Haufman (Bale), 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. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, fate always has a way of bringing the most unlikely heroes together.