Batman’s ditched Gotham City for the Far East. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Christian Bale, 37, is the first major Westerner to play a lead role in a Chinese film.
The Oscar winner stars in the upcoming historical drama “The Flowers of War,” which is based on the novel "The 13 Women of Nanjing." Helmed by heralded director Zhang Yimou, the film cost an unprecedented $100 million.
THR notes that if “The Flowers of War” is successful, it could open doors for more American actors to star in Chinese films. The industry trade reports that the Chinese government currently limits the annual number of Western films to 20, but has a burgeoning film industry.
Bale says taking the part of an American mortician who finds himself in the midst of war a "no-brainer."
"I like the adventure aspect of making movies, so the opportunity to work in China, not on an American movie, but on a Chinese movie, really appealed to me,” explains Bale, who recently wrapped his third (and final) Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“The Flowers of War" premieres in China on December 16 and will be released for just one week in the U.S. in late December.
seems like this is made for the Oscars. here is how the Chinese media responds the to Bale appearance in this new blockbuster: http://thinkingchinese.com/zhang-yimou-and-christian-bale-the-flowers-of-war-is-claiming-for-the-oscars
His role is "an American".
Bale is the shiz.
Isn't "Empire of the sun" set in Shanghai? You can say that he is going full circle.
I'm about his age and I remember how I was feeling about his characters many hardships when I saw it, a truely gripping performance
@RK. Im pretty sure it states on his bio he is in fact mexican.
Born in Wales to parents of English descent.
I love Christian Bale... He's so hot!
Christian Bale is Welsh, not American
I wish I could go to my grammas house this afternoon and watch her stories with her. She was the best. She would have all kinds of good things to snack on. Especially good homemade biscuits. She was the best.
I miss my gramma. She loved her stories. She is up in heaven. She is a good friend.
I'm sorry. I'm sure she was a wonderful person who loved you very much.
Shut up Trish
Like sand through the hourglass, these are the Days of Our Lives.
It's "SO are the Days of Our Lives" but thanks for playing.
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