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Movie Review – The Flowers of War (2011)

Director Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War is at times an incredibly poignant and starkly brutal look at one of the 20th Century’s biggest human disasters in the Rape of Nanking that ultimately suffers from being much too manipulative as well as being unwisely geared to two distinctly different markets.  Mainland Chinese will undoubtedly know every minute detail of this tragedy but for those in the West it can best be described with the eerie and downright bone chilling analogy that this is essentially the Chinese version of the Holocaust.  Suffice it to say, this is not one of humanity’s greatest moments and is a massive open wound to the Chinese psyche so it is no surprise that the mere mention of it will probably illicit a strong emotional response.

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