A friend at work informed me that I dress like the women from a film called The Flowers of War, I was all like 'well lend it to me and we will see!'. I wish I did! if only I had these clothes, not even going to apologise for the excessive screenshots, as this is sweet nectar for me.
Directed by Yimou Zhang of House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower, The Flowers of War centres on drunkard American John Miller, a mortician make up artist by trade. He poses as a priest at a young girl's Catholic school to save his skin during the Japanese Rape of Nanking in 1937. Initially, John is not interested in saving the young girls from the depravities of the Japanese soldiers, and drinks himself into a stupor, that's until the famous women from the Qin Huai River show up. These mistresses of the river are a sight to behold, all silk Cheongsams and fur with beautifully coiffured hair. John quickly falls for queen bee, Yu Mo played by the stunning Ni Ni. It's a shame that the film had to have such a Hollywood name as Bale to play the priest, as Robert Egbert pointed out in his rather scathing review, why couldn't it of been a Chinese actor? What the film lacks in depth is made up by the sumptuous cinematography and the down right gorgeous clothes. I definitely recommend it for pure aesthetic reasons, it doesn't bring anything new to the table with regards to what happened in Nanking, but if you are wanting to drool over clothes and hairdos go watch.
All screenshots taken by me