Some short comments on Zhang Yimou’s new film “The flowers of War”

2011-12-16 20:15:12
  Overall, an excellent work by Director Zhang! I do not concur with those who may look down on it as propaganda. To be sure, the movie created pieces of tired plots as a reminiscence of patriotism, say, the heroine cited an ancient poem reminding her champions, the other eleven exquisite ladies, of the necessity of sacrificing themselves to save the girl students. But surely they were not calling for people to devote themselves at all cost to stupid things such as a leader, a party, or future victory for a great cause, but instead to protect the weak from the atrocity committed by armed thugs like LITTLE JAPANESE at the time. Nor did the brave Chinese soldiers who fought hopelessly to die with the enemies at the beginning of the movie belong to the camp which won the civil war in the late 1940s. And, you see, the staring actor Bale, the FARTHER, is actually an ordinary WHITE MAN, a coward and flirt at first but ultimately became a hero who took high risk to save the young girls. The movie shows no signs of bootlicking and flattery. And I do not think this movie has the capacity of sowing and arousing hatred against Japanese so as to add legitimacy to current government. It is just a movie, a commercial product targeting Oscar audiences! It is worth your money and time. Now, take my advice to walk in a theatre to enjoy the show. I bet it won’t let you down.
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北京大学经济学博士,中国科学院农业政策研究中心博士后,美国西北大学政治学系博士。现为复旦大学经济学院中国市场经济研究中心副教授。 从事有关中国政治经济学、经济政策、民营企业商业环境,以及地方治理和村民自治方面的研究。