China & Bale for Oscar?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 20, 2011 21:35:06 October 20, 2011 21:35:06
Last December I wrote about Zhang YimouΓÇÖs Thirteen Women of Nanjing - click here for a refresher - starring Christian Bale in the first domestically-funded Chinese film with a Hollywood actor in the lead role. The film has been renamed The Flowers of War and China is hoping it will contend for a Best Foreign-Film Oscar. It will premiere in Beijing in December but has yet to secure US distribution.

Deadline posted the trailer today. IΓÇÖve seen my share of Zhang Yimou pictures. He has a particular aesthetic. This seems less him and more Spielberg though, like it was a deliberate attempt at a nomination which ...shouldnΓÇÖt be a surprise. ChinaΓÇÖs intention is to go global with its film industry, an extension of many other policies...maybe at the expense of its cultural value system? ThatΓÇÖs the conversation in China right now. IΓÇÖm sure youΓÇÖve heard about Yue Yue? I couldnΓÇÖt watch. And I canΓÇÖt even bring myself to find the link. And I donΓÇÖt know how this article has become about whether or not thereΓÇÖs an ΓÇ£unspoken illness at ChinaΓÇÖs coreΓÇ¥ (interesting read) but for all the people freaking out on the news all the time about the Chinese taking over, scary, scary, scary, any student of Chinese dynastic history should be aware that somehow my people always find a way to crumble from within. Talking about it like itΓÇÖs a modern phenomenon is kind of a joke.

Whatever. TheyΓÇÖre trying to win an Oscar with Christian Bale!
(What a strange expression theyΓÇÖve chosen for him in the poster, non?)

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