History Film / FlowersOfWar

10th Nov '17 9:31:17 PM Lanes17B
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* RapePillageAndBurn: On the part of the Japanese since the story takes place during the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre Nanking Massacre.]]
12th Aug '17 5:53:13 PM Rmpdc
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* RareGuns: One of the few pieces of media to actually depict Japanese soldiers using the relatively unknown Type 11 light machine gun, rather than the more iconic Type 96. Justified, as they were just introducing the new gun into the arsenal at the time the film is set in.
3rd May '17 6:26:51 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* PuttingOnTheReich: A non-villainous example. Because the Nationalist regime's elite troops were trained and equipped by German advisors, they wore uniforms and used equipment similar to those of the Wehrmacht.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: A non-villainous example. Because the Nationalist regime's elite troops were trained and equipped by German advisors, they wore uniforms and used equipment similar to those of the Wehrmacht.Wehrmacht in the early years of the Second Sino-Japanese war.



* TakingYouWithMe: Major Li booby-traps himself so that when the Japanese finish him off, his dead body's fall off the building triggers a bunch of hand grenades.

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* TakingYouWithMe: Major Li booby-traps himself so that when the Japanese finish him off, his dead body's fall body falls off the building triggers to trigger a massive bunch of hand grenades.grenades. It works, and he takes out a lot of troops with him.
10th Apr '17 11:29:21 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: Shu's father, Mr. Meng, cooperates with the Japanese, and she despises him for it. He's portrayed sympathetically, though, as he helps Miller to repair the truck [[spoiler:and when he's killed, Miller tells Shu insistently that he was a good man and regrets there was no time to give him a proper burial.]]



* LesCollaborateurs: Shu's father, Mr. Meng, cooperates with the Japanese, and she despises him for it. He's portrayed sympathetically, though, as he helps Miller to repair the truck [[spoiler:and when he's killed, Miller tells Shu insistently that he was a good man and regrets there was no time to give him a proper burial.]]
23rd Aug '16 2:46:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* KatanasOfTheRisingSun: The film's antagonists.
23rd Jan '16 12:17:42 PM Ciara25
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* BadHabits: Miller initially puts on the departed priest's outfit as a drunken prank, but then begins to impersonate a man of the cloth in earnest to protect the schoolgirls from the Japanese.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Shu and her friends try to throw themselves off the bell tower of the convent, rather than let the Japanese get their hands on them again. [[spoiler: And when the prostitutes and George are about to set off they arm themselves with sharp fragments of mirror, probably so they can commit suicide rather than be raped to death.]]

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* BadHabits: Miller initially puts on the departed deceased priest's outfit as a drunken prank, but then begins to impersonate a man of the cloth in earnest to protect the schoolgirls from the Japanese.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Shu and her friends try to throw themselves off the bell tower of the convent, rather than let the Japanese get their hands on them again. [[spoiler: And when the prostitutes and George are about to set off they arm themselves with sharp fragments of mirror, probably so they can commit suicide rather than be raped to death.]]



* ChekhovsSkill: Miller uses his skills as a mortician to prepare Pu Sheng for burial, and later [[spoiler:to make the women - and George - look more like young girls, so as to decieve the guards.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill: Miller uses his skills as a mortician to prepare Pu Sheng for burial, and later [[spoiler:to make the women - and George - look more like young girls, so as to decieve deceive the guards.]]
23rd Jan '16 12:15:35 PM Ciara25
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A 2011 historical drama film made by Zhang Yimou, '''''The Flowers of War''''' (or ''Nanjing Heroes''/''13 Flowers of Nanjing'') is set in 1937 during [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Rape of Nanjing]]. An American mortician, John Miller (Creator/ChristianBale), is caught in the conflict and seeks shelter at a convent full of terrified Catholic school girls, as do a number of prostitutes who take up residence in the convent's cellar.

At first simply wanting to be paid for the funeral he came to perform, Miller reluctantly pretends to be a priest in order to protect the girls, and to buy enough time for him to fix the convent's broken truck so they can escape the city - although there isn't room in it for all of them ''and'' the prostitutes, who naturally want to get out of Nanjing as well. But, as the Japanese atrocities grow ever more terrible and the students are threatened, Yu Mo (the de facto leader of the prostitutes, played by Ni Ni) and her fellows take it upon themselves to save the girls from an awful fate.

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A 2011 historical drama film made by Zhang Yimou, '''''The Flowers of War''''' (or ''Nanjing Heroes''/''13 Flowers of Nanjing'') is set in 1937 during [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Rape of Nanjing]]. An American mortician, John Miller (Creator/ChristianBale), is caught in the conflict and seeks shelter at a convent church full of terrified Catholic school girls, as do a number of prostitutes who take up residence in the convent's church's cellar.

At first simply wanting to be paid for the funeral he came to perform, Miller reluctantly pretends to be a priest in order to protect the girls, and to buy enough time for him to fix the convent's church's broken truck so they can escape the city - although there isn't room in it for all of them ''and'' the prostitutes, who naturally want to get out of Nanjing as well. But, as the Japanese atrocities grow ever more terrible and the students are threatened, Yu Mo (the de facto leader of the prostitutes, played by Ni Ni) and her fellows take it upon themselves to save the girls from an awful fate.
1st Nov '15 7:17:08 AM Rmpdc
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* KatanasOfTheRisingSun: The film's antagonists.
26th Oct '15 5:20:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Colonel Hasegawa of the Imperial Japanese Army is a cultured officer who puts a stop to the slaughter at the convent by having guards posted outside. Appealing to his humanity only goes so far however, as John finds out. While Hasegawa is better than most Japanese soldiers and may even have personal misgivings about the way the war in China is being fought, his sense of duty compels him to carry out his orders to have the convent girls taken away to become sex slaves for his superiors.
17th Jul '15 7:03:16 AM Ciara25
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* DeathByMaterialism: Two of the prostitutes leave the relative safety of the church compound to pick up some items at their old brothel. One wanted new strings for her pipa, which leaves her off the hook as far as this trope is concerned, but the other wanted to get her jewel earrings. [[spoiler:Neither survives.]]

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* DeathByMaterialism: Two of the prostitutes leave the relative safety of the church compound to pick up some items at their old brothel. One wanted new strings for her pipa, pipa to play at Pu Sheng's funeral, which leaves her off the hook as far as this trope is concerned, but the other wanted to get her jewel earrings. [[spoiler:Neither survives.]]
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