Christian Bale has dismissed suggestions that his new film The Flowers of War, a Chinese historical epic covering the 1937 Nanjing massacre, is nationalistic and anti-Japanese.

Bale, who plays an American preacher helping Chinese citizens to escape the Japanese army during the second Sino-Japanese war, said the film was more about people than politics. “It’s far more a movie about human beings and the nature of human beings’ responses to crisis,” he told the BBC. He emphasised that the film was a historical piece that discusses how a crisis “can reduce people to the most animalistic behaviour but also raise them up to the most honourable behaviour you could ever witness.”

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