The Flowers Of War -- Christian Bale & Zhang Yimou
First Images of Christian Bale in 'Nanjing Heroes' Emerge Online - Yidio The Dark Knight Rises News
The film is an adaptation of a Chinese-language novel by contemporary writer Yan Geling about 13 sex workers in Nanjing who volunteered to replace university students as escorts for invading Japanese soldiers. In the novel, the American priest leads a church that shelters prostitutes and young female students during the invasion.
The Associated Press: Director lauds Christian Bale for China film work
"An A-list Hollywood actor traveling alone to an alien country and an alien set, working and living for several months with several hundred foreigners he doesn't know well — that is very incredible and very impressive to me," Zhang was quoted as saying.
The director best known in the West for "Raise the Red Lantern" and "To Live" called Bale a generous performer.
"When I asked him for a certain kind of performance, he gave me three approaches. When I asked for three approaches, he gave me five," he said. "He always wanted to give me more, so I have a wider range of choices. His professionalism often touched me. He is a great role model for Chinese actors."