Flowers of War, The

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The Flowers of War
Film poster
Country CHN.jpg China
HKG.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Release Date 2011
Language Mandarin
Studio Beijing New Picture Film Co.
New Picture Company
Distributor Row 1 Entertainment
Wrekin Hill Entertainment
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Miller Christian Bale
Yu Mo Ni Ni
Major Li Dawei Tong
Colonel Hasegawa Atsurô Watabe

The Flowers of War is a 2011 Chinese historical drama directed by Zhang Yimou and based on the novel "13 Flowers of Nanjing" by Geling Yan. During the "Rape of Nanking" (Second Sino-Japanese War) an American mortician John Miller (Christian Bale), group of schoolgirls and prostitutes from a nearby brothel finding sanctuary in a Catholic church. To rescue women John tries posing himself as a priest.

The following weapons were used in the movie The Flowers of War



Nambu Type 14

Imperial Japanese officers use Nambu Type 14 pistols

Early Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Japanese officer holds Nambu Type 14 pistol
Same officer
Japanese officer fires his Nambu at Major Li

Mauser C96

Major Li (Dawei Tong) carries holstered Mauser C96 pistol

Mauser C96 - 7.63x25mm Mauser

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II (modified to resemble Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II)

Some Chinese Nationalist soldiers can be seen armed with the Sten Mk II submachine guns (probably airsoft replicas) visually modified to resemble Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II submachine guns. Same props can be seen in Cold Steel.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Chinese Nationalist soldier aims his fake MP28/II
Another Chinese Nationalist soldier with fake MP28/II SMG
This one has original MP28/II style barrel shroud


Type Zhongzheng Rifle

The Type Zhongzheng Rifle is used by Chinese Nationalist soldiers, including Major Li, in defense of Nanking.

Type Zhongzheng rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Chinese soldiers aim their Type Zhongzheng rifles
Chinese soldier holds his Zhongzheng rifle
Major Li holds scoped Type Zhongzheng rifle
Major Li fires his scoped rifle at Japanese soldiers. Here, we see the scope is mounted ahead of the bullet chamber, allowing the use of a straight bolt handle.

Arisaka Type 38

The Imperial Japanese soldiers use the Arisaka Type 38 in the battle and occupation of Nanking.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Japanese soldier aims his Arisaka Type 38 rifle at John Miller
Japanese soldiers hold the Arisaka Type 38 rifles

Machine Guns

Bren Gun

The Bren Gun is used by Chinese Nationalist soldiers in the defense of Nanking. Based on the straight magazine these appear to be Canadian manufacture Brens which were chambered in 7.92×57mm Mauser and supplied to China during WWII (making their appearance during the Nanking Massacre as depicted here anachronistic).

Bren Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This variant of the Bren was manufactured by Inglis in Canada and was supplied to the Chinese army during WWII.
Chinese soldier fires the Bren
Chinese soldier fires the Bren machine gun. Another soldier prepares to throw Type 67 stick grenade at Japanese soldiers

Type 11 Light Machine Gun

The Type 11 Light Machine Gun is used by Imperial Japanese soldiers.

Type 11 Light Machine Gun - 6.5x50mm Arisaka.
Japanese soldier fires the Type 11 LMG at Major Li position
Japanese soldier holds the Type 11 LMG

Type 91 Tank Machine Gun

Type 94 tankettes armed with Type 91 Tank Machine Gun (Type 11 LMG modified to be a tank mounted)

Type 94 tankette fires a Type 91 tank machine gun
Japanese Type 94 tankette


Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The Type 67 Stick Grenade is used by Chinese Nationalist soldiers, including Major Li (Dawei Tong).

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Model 24 Stielhandgranate on a ground
Numerous Model 24 Stielhandgranate on a Chinese soldier back

Type 97 hand grenade

Japanese soldiers use Type 97 hand grenades

Type 97 hand grenade.

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