History Film / FlowersOfWar

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.]]
28th Dec '13 4:55:07 PM nombretomado
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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 (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.
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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 (ChristianBale), (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.
2nd Dec '13 2:30:13 AM Ciara13
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* DeathByMaterialism: Two of the prostitutes leave the relative safety of the church compound to pick 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, 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.]]
4th Sep '13 3:24:54 AM waffle
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* EarAche: [[spoiler:Dou]] bites off the ear of one of her captors as it is her only method of getting back at the Japanese soldiers who brutally sodomize her. Naturally, this does not end well, but she most likely would have been killed anyway. * GoryDiscretionShot: Played straight with [[spoiler: Dou's]] death, but the rest of the movie averts this to demonstrate the horrors of the Nanking massacre.

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* SceneryGorn: Nanking, so very much so. * SexyWalk: Done to an astounding, almost ludicrous effect by Mo. A very drunk John appreciates this immensely.

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* TooDumbToLive: Both [[spoiler: Dou and Lan]]. I mean really, running through bombed-out, Japanese-controlled Nanking just for earrings and pipa strings? * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or, in this interesting inversion, the white cat that Mosquito found.
6th Apr '13 10:37:31 AM SeptimusHeap
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Asian Gal With White Guy was renamed to Mighty Whitey And Mellow Yellow. Misuse and Zero Context Examples are being deleted.
* AsianGalWithWhiteGuy: Christian Bale plays a funeral director in Nanking during the Nanking Massacre. He helps Chinese girls hide from Japanese soldiers and has an affair with a Chinese prostitute. This is likely why Bale's character was made into a funeral director posing as a priest rather than an actual priest, which would be more historically accurate.
23rd Mar '13 6:04:30 AM skbc1p4res
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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 (Christian Bale), 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.
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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 (Christian Bale), (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.
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