Christian Bale on starring in China's 'Flowers of War'
December 2nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Christian Bale on starring in China's 'Flowers of War'

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.


soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Peter

    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

    December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. binhaiw

    amazing!

    December 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. madhater

    His role is "an American".

    December 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. madhater

    Bale is the shiz.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Memo

    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

    December 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @RK. Im pretty sure it states on his bio he is in fact mexican.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aqua Eyes

    I love Christian Bale... He's so hot!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. RK

    Christian Bale is Welsh, not American

    December 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. trisha

    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.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. trisha

    I miss my gramma. She loved her stories. She is up in heaven. She is a good friend.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. trisha

    Like sand through the hourglass, these are the Days of Our Lives.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • The ghost of Macdonald Carey

      It's "SO are the Days of Our Lives" but thanks for playing.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |

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