Collider - Wrekin Hill has released the first U.S. trailer for The Flowers of War, the latest from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero). The film is set during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. Christian Bale stars as a priest who seeks refuge in a local church, where “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 said to be the most expensive China has ever made, and all that money appears on the screen. The production values are stellar. That combined with the use of English (about 40% of the dialogue) made Flowers the natural selection for China’s official Oscar submission.