The first trailer has arrived for period epic The Flowers Of War , starring Christian Bale as a priest caught in the midst of the Japanese invasion of China.
Set in the city of Nanjing in 1937, the film sees Baleâ€™s holy man on the run from the invading Japanese forces. Seeking sanctuary, he goes into hiding at a local church along with a group of defiant local women.
Take a look at the trailer belowâ€¦
Directed by Hero â€™s Zhang Yimou, the film looks pretty spectacular from a visual standpoint, and Bale looks set to belt out his fair share of grand-standing speeches, even if some of the dialogue is of the identikit, â€œtime of warâ€, soul-searching variety.
The most expensive film in Chinese movie history, The Flowers Of War will be released in its home country on 16 December 2011, with a Western release pencilled in for early next year.