How did Christian Bale, better know now as Batman, end up in China's biggest motion picture ever, The Flowers of War? He did act, as a child star, in 1987's Empire of the Sun, also set in China. But it was that movie's director, the one and only Steve Spielberg, who was the real connection, recommending Bale to Flowers director Zhang Yimou. An early review of the film by the Hollywood Reporter describes the plot, centering on a group of schoolgirls and prostitutes during the Nanjing Massacre, as disappointingly "hokum." Still, it is China's best hope, and its entry this year, for the Foreign Language Oscar. Its production and special effects values, at least, seem up to snuff.
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
The Cold War Is Over
What’s New on Netflix: March 2018
Analyzing the Crazy, Complicated Credits of Avengers: Infinity War
Riverdale Recap: The Real Housewives of Riverdale
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Fact-checking the Season Finale, ‘Alone’
Snoop Dogg’s New Gospel Album, Bible of Love, Is Surprisingly Great
Watch This Exclusive Short Film Introducing the Dogs of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Psychic Sidekick
The X-Files Season Finale Recap: The Struggle Continues
The Assassination of Gianni Versace Season Finale Recap: The Bloody End
Latest News from VultureTaylor Swift’s Reputation Is The Only Album to Sell 2 Million Copies in the Last Two Years
The last album to reach 2 Million copies sold in America was Adele’s 25 in 2015.Stephen Colbert Gets Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Official Ruling on Hot Dogs v. Sandwiches
The Supreme Court Justice may have overturned a seminal case about whether a hot dog is a sandwich.The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Fact-checking the Season Finale, ‘Alone’
What American Crime Story got right and wrong about the closing days of Andrew Cunanan’s life.The Assassination of Gianni Versace Season Finale Recap: The Bloody End
Whether or not we like it, Andrew Cunanan and Gianni Versace are inextricably linked.Come Sunday Trailer: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Preacher Has a Change of Faith
He still believes in god, but he’s not so sure about hell.The X-Files Season Finale Recap: The Struggle Continues
Is this the last X-Files episode ever?Netflix Is Adding Warning Video Before 13 Reasons Why
After conducting a study, Netflix is adding resources for teens and parents watching the teen drama.Younger Will Return on June 9, Obviously With a Reese Witherspoon Joke
We’d love to know what Reese thinks about the sex scenes in Marriage Vacation.Riverdale Recap: The Real Housewives of Riverdale
Welcome to your surreal Bravo-CW crossover dream.Watch Margot Robbie Ominously Walk Away From The Camera in The Terminal Teaser
You can’t see her face, but she’s wearing snake tights and is as mad as a hatter.
The manuscript for Fashion Climber was discovered among possessions the photographer left behind.Tessa Thompson To Substantially Increase The Swagger of The Men In Black Reboot
She joins Chris Hemsworth in the franchise reboot.8 Best New Songs of the Week
Courtney Barnett has written her best song yet.How Legendary TV Writer Nell Scovell Thinks We Should Treat Workplace Harassment
“Everyone should look at it and go ‘Ew!’”G-Eazy Has His Limits, But Shouldn’t Be Underestimated
G-Eazy shows off his strengths, while embracing his limits, at Radio City Music Hall.Sneaky Pete’s Giovanni Ribisi on How to Be a Better Con
He did a lot of research.Does the First Member to Leave a Boy Band or Girl Group Always Win the Breakup?
You’re the first band member to leave your pop group. How likely are you to have the most success, according to history?Fred Savage Accused of Physical Harassment on The Grinder Set
He denies the allegations.How Well Do You Know Your Generic Network Dramas?
What even is Instinct?YouTube Red: 5 Things to Know About the Streaming Service
The video giant is now making a serious push into the subscription-based TV business.