Set in China in 1937 at the time of the Second Sino-Japanese invasion, this movie directed by Zhang Yimou deals with one American mortician, John Millar, (Christian Bale) and a group of Chinese women and children during “The Rape of Nanking”.
The movie is based on a novella written by Geling Yan, entitled 13 Flowers of Nanjing, inspired by the true story diary of American missionary, Minnie Vautrin.
The movie was the Chinese entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Movie, but it didn’t make it to the nominations. It sold a record number of tickets in China.
It is estimated that as many as 80 000 women were raped by the Japanese during this war, although the official figure is only 20 000. Rape was only officially declared a war crime in 2008, although people were prosecuted for same after the Rwandan conflict.
The music is particularly beautiful in this movie and Joshua Bell played the violin solos.
Once again, I saw this movie in my quest for “Watching the World” – or at least a movie set in every country of the world.
I loved this movie and give it a solid 10/10.