Christian Bale will be become the first Hollywood actor to star in a domestically financed Chinese movie. Director Zhang Yimou feature is estimated at $90 million and is set during the Japanese invasion in Nanjing before World War ll.
I’m waiting to see a decent feature on the Nanjing Massacre. I conducted a lot of research on this period for my own project “The Johanneans.” My aunt was born in Nanjing. Her family had money so she was able to flee the city before the Japanese invaded, then raped and murdered around 200,000 people. The west knew what was going on but ignored it in part because it was happening in Asia and because the NAZIs were marching – 1938. I just hope Bale doesn’t put on one of his silly accents to play the part but I guess he may be playing an American missionary.