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    Zhang Yimou Replaces Tim Burton On Josh Brolin-Starring 'Quasimodo'

    File this under: Projects You Forgot About. Way back in 2011, it emerged that Tim Burton and Josh Brolin were teaming on a new big screen version of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame," with a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the writing pair behind the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A G...

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    Marrakech '12: Zhang Yimou Talks Working With Christian Bale, The Growing Chinese Box Office & More

    Zhang Yimou ("Raise the Red Lantern," "Ju Dou," "Hero," "House of the Flying Daggers") has been making movies in his homeland of China, from within the system, for the past two and a half decades. During this time, he has witnessed, and participated in, the gradual, incremental thawing of Chinese re...

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    Review: Overwrought & Superficial ‘Flowers Of War’ Never Even Blooms

    While the historically overlooked massacre and genocide of China's city of Nanking is experiencing a resurgence in cultural awareness (and therefore cinema) as an under-remembered tragedy worth memorializing (see the 2007 documentary "Nanking"), the brutal events – Japan killing ...

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    Wrekin Hill To Take U.S. Rights To Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Flowers Of War’ Starring Christian Bale

    There is still a lot of time for things to play out in the awards season race, but often there are indicators as to how far (or not) a film will go. While on paper, two-time Best Foreign Film nominee Zhang Yimou directing Christian Bale in a period piece war movie seems like a no-brainer, "The ...

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    Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" Finds American Home

    China’s Oscar entry, “The Flowers of War” directed by Zhang Yimou (“Hero”) and starring Christian Bale, has been acquired by Wrekin Hill Entertainment in association with Row 1 Productions for North American distribution. It will open in New York, Los Angeles and San Fr...

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    'Heroes Of Nanking' With Christian Bale Now Titled 'The Flowers Of War'

    Today, the Toronto International Film Festival was host to twenty minutes of "The Flowers Of War," the new film from Zhang Yimou seeking a distributor. If you're confused, thinking that the world was finally going to get a look at "Heroes Of Nanking," don't worry, it's the same movie, with Christian Bale as an American priest who helps a number of local women take shelter during the Nanking Massacre of 1937. The synopsis also suggests they "fight back," though the original title is much more aggressive than the new, more graceful one. Both are a bit too melodramatic for our taste, and we suspect to most this will be "that Chinese movie with B...

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    Christian Bale To Star In Zhang Yimou's Epic 'Nanjing Heroes'

    F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that there were no second acts in American lives, but that presumably didn't include the Welsh-born Christian Bale, whose career to date seems to have been structured by Robert McKee. Beginning as a child star in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," and working c...

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