“Flowers of War” Premieres in Berlin

Director Zhang Yimou’s epic war blockbuster, “The Flowers of War” held its grand screening ceremony on February 13th during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, sina.com reports.

The prestigious director obtained the Golden Bear Award for his representative work “Red Sorghum” at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival. In support of his longtime friend, Dieter Kosslick, president of the festival, was present at the red carpet ceremony.

Zhang was accompanied at the event by the cast of his movie, including lead actor Christian Bale, lead actress Ni Ni, supporting actors Zhang Doudou and Tong Dawei, and screenwriters Yan Geling and Liu Heng.

According to the report, four minutes of war scenes were cut prior to the screening in order to meet the demands of foreign audiences. “Foreign audiences want to see an intensive story,” Zhang said, “To meet their interests we altered it so that the story develops faster than the original version.”

When asked whether the movie would be released in Japan, Zhang said that the decision lies with the foreign distributor. Zhang also revealed that one of his goals is to sell the movie to Europe during the festival.

By Chen Nan
China Films

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