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Chinese filmmakers are trying a number of different tactics to get their films seen by overseas audiences, and taken as entertainment rather than as art house curios. While Bale's inclusion in FLOWERS may smack of stunt casting, we can rest assured that he will put his all into the role and many more Western filmgoers will be checking it out compared with those who would have bothered were Batman not involved. The big question right now is whether or not Bale's performance is good enough to earn him a nomination for either Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor, and whether the film itself, which boasts China's biggest budget of all time, works as a drama, rather than as merely spectacle. And more importantly, if Western audiences enjoy the film, will they keep coming back to cinemas to see more Chinese films, even when they don't feature their favourite Hollywood stars?
THE FLOWERS OF WAR opens in China on 16 December.
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