THE FLOWERS OF WAR
JIN LING SHI SAN CHAI
2011, Wrekin Hill/Row 1, 145 min, China, Dir: Zhang Yimou

Based on the novel 'The 13 Women Of Nanjing,' this epic war drama is set in 1937 during the second Sino-Japanese War. Oscar-winner Christian Bale plays John Haufman, an American missionary at a Catholic church in Nanjing, China. When the Japanese invade, a group of schoolgirls and local prostitutes seek sanctuary on the church grounds and Haufman becomes their protector. One of the most expensive productions ever mounted in China, THE FLOWERS OF WAR expertly balances terrifying battle sequences with intimate personal moments as the world closes in on these young women and their priest. In Mandarin and English.


PORCO ROSSO
1992, Studio Ghibli, 94 min, Japan, Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

This unsung treasure from Hayao Miyazaki nestles a tale of morality and identity inside a soaring tribute to early aviation and the reckless flyboys whose home was the open sky. Set in a mid-WWII Italy swept by fascism, the film follows Marco, a world-weary flying ace turned bounty hunter, who plies his trade above the waters of the Adriatic. Somewhere along the way a curse has transformed Marco’s head into that of a pig, reflecting his loss of faith in humanity. Marco meets his polar opposite in the innocent and energetic 17-year-old Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into an airborne adventure pursued by air pirates, the Italian army and an egotistical American flying ace.


TRACKS
1977, Rainbow Releasing, 92 min, USA, Dir: Henry Jaglom

Sergeant Jack Falen (Dennis Hopper) is returning home from Vietnam on special assignment: to accompany the body of his friend by train to California for burial. On the way, the mentally splintery Jack engages in nebulous conversation with a number of fellow train passengers, and the lines between reality and hallucination begin to blur. "Dennis Hopper [gives] the best performance of his career in Henry Jaglom's devastating psychological drama on the effects of the Vietnam war on the American psyche." - Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls


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