US poster for Zhang Yimou’s Flowers of War

The Flowers of War - US poster

A new US poster has emerged for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War on iTunes Trailers, his latest film starring¬†Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Huang Tianyuan, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The poster certainly is eye-catching, but for our money we prefer the minimalist design of the earlier poster, included below.

Synopsis: Director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou, Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) tells an epic story of love and sacrifice in The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni. The film, set during Japan’s 1937 invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.

The Flowers of War is released in the US on 20 January 2012. No Australian release date has been set.

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The Flowers of War - US poster

Earlier poster:

Flowers of War poster