Opportunistic American John Miller (Bale) is trapped in Nanking when the Japanese attack. Taking refuge in the Catholic cathedral, he finds himself the reluctant protector of convent schoolgirls. Posing as a priest, John bluffs the Japanese while looking for a way out.
As you’d expect, it’s beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou’s appeal.
Reviewed by Angie Errigo
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