John Miller

'Flowers of War' goes truly global

'Flowers of War' goes truly global

In a globalized age, Chinese and American pop culture mix in unexpected ways. Taiwanese singers borrow from hip-hop and R&B. Locked-out NBA players join mainland basketball teams. And Batman — or, at least, the man who plays him — is called upon to complete an unlikely mission: save scores of Nanjing women from brutal Japanese soldiers.

In a sign of the growing East-West cooperation in filmmaking, Christian Bale, the on-screen incarnation of Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego, is starring in "The Flowers of War," a $94-million movie opening Dec. 23 that is China's submission for the foreign-language Oscar this season.

Directed by Zhang Yimou, the filmmaker...

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