The trailer for Chinese film The Flowers of War gives us our first look at Christian Bale as a priest who shelters prostitutes — and also seems to have a penchant for them. Bale plays a missionary based in China who protects a group of children and prostitutes from the 1937 attack by Japanese soldiers known as the Nanjing Massacre. It's honorable work, but it looks like the horrors of war get to the holy man. He strikes a rock-star-like pose with a cigarette dangling from his mouth within the confines of the church and appears to be drunk as he blows kisses to a group of women during a raucous party, ultimately ending up in the arms of what looks to be one of the very women he's protecting.
I have to admit I'm curious about the priest's bad-boy side, but I could barely stomach the violence in the trailer. We see scenes of a man getting shot point blank in the head and a child getting thrown over a banister, so I don't know that I could sit through the entire film, even though most of the epic battle scenes seem to have amazing production value. China has submitted the film for the best foreign-language film Academy Award, so see if you think the film has a chance at an Oscar when you watch the trailer after the jump.