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    Cannes Review: Zhang Yimou's ‘Coming Home’ Starring Gong Li

    The tale spans decades and revolutions; the central relationship is a love affair so unending that it can even survive one of the participants no longer recognizing the other; the plinky piano soundtrack runs the gamut from plaintive to plaintive; no, this is not a soupy 1950s melodrama, but the new...

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    Watch: Moving Teaser for Zhang Yimou's 'Coming Home'

    The teaser doesn't reveal much, but it does show the kind of gorgeous images and sweeping feeling one comes to expect from the director of "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Hero." On top of that, it's Zhang's first film with Gong since 2006's "Curse of the Golden Flower," and their ninth overall.

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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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